Wake County Quality Supplement Program
In October, 2014, a newly revised Wake County Quality Supplement program went into effect for 4- and 5-star Wake County child care providers hosting children birth-5 on child care subsidies from Wake County Human Services (WCHS). Program changes emerged from research and consultation in the community on how best to support quality in facilities that serve children on subsidy. Wake County Smart Start is contracting with Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to help administer the program.
Wake County Smart Start and CCSA are pleased to announce the continuation of the Wake County Quality Supplement Program for 2018-2019.
The upcoming program year contains some program changes and updates. The most notable changes are related to statewide DSS subsidy rate increases as outlined below. Please be sure to read the Program Overview for complete eligibility and supplement rate information.
- Due to the subsidy reimbursement rate increase in October 2017 for children 0-2 years old, only children ages 3-5 years old will be counted when determining your eligibility for supplements and your Quality Supplement Rate.
- In addition, due to anticipated subsidy rate increases for preschoolers, the Quality Supplement program as it is currently designed will operate through December 2018. Please budget for only six months of payments. Further information will be provided this fall.
2018-2019 APPLICATION INFORMATION
Wake County Smart Start and CCSA welcome your participation in the Wake County Supplement Program for 2018-2019. For more details about the program, please see our Program Overview.
In order to apply for the 2018-2019 program year, providers must complete and submit the following materials:
- Provider Application and Agreement
- Parent Fee Documentation Form
- New Applicants Only:
- Annual Operating Budget: Include the facility’s name, the time period the budget is reflective of, a detailed income section, a detailed expense section, and calculations for each section. For general guidance, please refer to the Wake QS Budget Checklist.
- Direct Deposit ACH Authorization Form and a Voided Check (Only for NEW applications or returning applicants with a new financial institution)
- W-9 (Only for NEW applicants or returning applicants with a new Taxpayer ID number)
Supplement rates for the 2018-2019 program year can be found on this rate chart.
Please be aware that Wake County Smart Start (WCSS) has an additional fiscal contract for all Quality Supplement participants that must be completed prior to payments. These documents will be distributed and collected once participants have been approved for participation.
For more information about the application process and the upcoming program year, please use the following resources:
If you have questions or wish to receive further information by mail or email, please contact us at the following:
- Phone: (919) 314-6853
- Email: wakeQS@childcareservices.org
- Child Care Aware – Preparing a budget for a child care business
- First Children’s Finance – Child care business resources
- National Association for Family Child Care Business Center
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Red Leaf Press – Publication resources for child care management
- Tom Copeland’s Taking Care of Business Blog
- Tom Copeland’s Budget-Building Form for Family Child Care
- US Small Business Administration – Starting and managing small businesses
- “The Iron Triangle” – Sound Fiscal Management in ECE Programs
Please check back on this webpage periodically. Updates, reminders, new documents and resources will be posted here regularly.