Child Care

Child Care Survey
Are you a Child Care Center, Head Start or Out-of-School Time Child Care Center Director?  Did you attend the 2018 Child Care Center Director's Meeting, or would you like to give us input about the state of child care in WV?  Then this survey is for you.  Your input is valuable.  Thank you for participating!
The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and is anonymous.  To take the survey, please log on at:
The survey will be available 11/01/2018 through 11/30/2018.  Thanks again!
 Public Comment on Draft Supplement Guide for Child Care
Please find the 2018 Draft Supplement Guide for your review. If you are interested in being part of a workgroupd that will meet to discuss possible revisions please email your interest to:  Please review the draft supplement guide and make any questions\comments by the close of business on 12/7/2018.  All questions\comments can be sent to:
Supplement guide may be found here
West Virginia's Child Care Program is dedicated to improving the affordability, accessibility and quality of child care services. To improve affordability, the Division of Early Care & Education manages a statewide system of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, which provide resource information and financial assistance to eligible families. Financial assistance covers the majority of the cost of direct care and protection of children while parents work, attend training, or are otherwise unable to provide care. The agencies also educate consumers on selecting appropriate child care and refer parents to providers in their area.
The Child Care Program also promotes safe environments that promote healthy physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth of children by regulating persons or programs that care for children age birth to 13 or up to age 18, if the child has special needs. Whether you are looking for infant or toddler care, a preschool setting, or a program serving school age children, there are licensed child care centers that may fit your needs.  To view licensed child care centers, click here.  There you will be able to see a list of all child care centers in the state. To narrow your search, enter city or zip code. Also included are center and capacity details, corrective action plans, explanation of license types and how to access a history of noncompliance for licensed child care centers in West Virginia. Should you be interested in care in a family child care home or facility please contact your local Resource and Referral Agency.
Regulations (rules) for child care centers, Out of School Time, family child care facilities, family child care homes, and informal relative regulations can be found by clicking on the name in the sentence.
Supplemental Guide for Child Care Regulation interpretation is also available.  The Supplemental Guide is an accompaniment to the legislative rule for child care centers(78-1).  It also provides guidance statements of some of the licensing requirements in the rule.
Families are eligible for financial assistance if their monthly gross income (before taxes and deductions) falls below 150% of FY 2017 Federal Poverty Level. Once eligible, the family may continue to receive certificates until income exceeds 185% of FY 2017 Federal Poverty Level. Income is adjusted for family size, as the chart indicates. Most families pay a portion of the cost of care.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 requires states to make available by electronic means, easily accessible provider-specific information regarding the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur in child care settings each year.  The information the WV DHHR Bureau for Children and Families Division of Early Care and Education, the administrator for CCDBG in West Virginia will make serious injury and child fatality information available to parents and other stakeholders on a monthly and annual basis.
To view the report click here.
 **Disclaimer:  This information is provided as a public services by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, which neither endorses any child care program, nor guarantees that the information is accurate, up to date, or complete.  This information should not be used as a sole source in selecting a child care program.**