GAP Solutions Inc. is committed to providing AmeriCorps members with the resources needed to make informed decisions regarding childcare. The member eligibility requirements
are determined by the individual state/territory. In our continued efforts to improve our processes and delivery of service we have developed the below list of Childcare
Development Fund Plans (CCDFs). Please follow the link for your state/territory and review the eligibility information that is provided. You can also view your state's
maximum reimbursement rates by visiting here or
selecting your state from the dropdown above. This list will be updated periodically as changes occur. We appreciate your feedback. If you have any questions regarding the
eligibility requirements, or have trouble loading any of the links in your web browser, please feel free to contact our staff for assistance. We can be reached via phone
(855) 886-0687 or email at [email protected]
The table below is to be used only as a guide. Please note that the State eligibility requirements for childcare providers can change at any time. Click on the column
heading for a definition of each provider type or click here
To verify if your provider of choice is eligible to participate in the AmeriCorps Childcare benefit program, contact GAP Solutions with your eligibility
questions at 1-855-886-0687.
An AmeriCorps Member has selected you as their Child Care provider for their term of service.
Please note: all Child Care Providers must meet the State child care provider requirements and regulations
to be eligible for payment. Please refer to the
Child Care Provider State Guide
Failing to complete or provide the information below will delay the child care benefit application process.
If there are any pre-requisites required to become an approved provider, you must first meet those requirements
before approval can take place.
Note: You have 30 days from the time you submit your application
to ensure that all supportive documentation is received by GAP Solutions.
The following bullet points are here
to help you through the Child Care Provider Application and Approval Process.
As soon as the Child Care benefit award has been issued, you and the AmeriCorps member will be notified via e-mail.
All child care provider eligibility requirements are set by your state's CCDF Plan.
If there are any pre-requisites required to become an approved provider, you must first meet those
requirements before approval can take place. Please feel free to speak to one of our Child Care Coordinators
for more information.
Please remember: you may contact GAP Solutions, Inc. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from
8:00 am to 6:00 pm EST at the toll-free telephone number 1-855-886-0687 to speak with a Child Care Coordinator.
When you are ready to start your application, Login or Create A New Account.
Child Care Center:Established licensed setting where children are cared for in a group away from their homes for all or part of the day. Child care Centers include nursery schools, preschools, and Parent Cooperatives. The objectives of Centers vary, from taking care of children whose parents are working, to preparing the children for school. Child care Centers provide care for groups of children ranging in an age from infancy through school age.
Family Child Care Home:A private home where a child care provider provides child care services for children from infancy through school age. The care is provided at the home of the child care provider (not in the child's home). Family Day Care is licensed or registered by the State in which the child care provider resides. The number of children allowed in a Family Day Care Home varies depending on the number of adults providing care in the home setting.
Group Child Care Home:A private home where two or more child care providers provide child care services and education for (7) or more (usually a total of about 12) children in a private home and who employ on or more paid assistants to meet child-to-staff ratio requirements. Group Day Care is licensed or registered by the state in which the Child care providers reside.
License Exempt Centers:Certain states may allow certain licensing exemptions for centers if they are part of a public or private organized educational system (a school or facility operated by a religious institution caring for children during short periods of time). Also, recreational center based programs whose purpose is to provide social, recreational, or religious activities for school age children, such as scouting, boys club, girls club, sports, or the arts may also be license exempt. Please check with GAP Solutions to learn about specific license exemptions allowed by your state.
School Age Program: A program offering before and or after school care to children enrolled in kindergarten or higher grades. These programs may operate from school buildings or other licensed facilities and may be operated by the school itself, parent groups or local Child care Centers. The purpose of School-Age Programs is primarily to provide care for children during such times of the day when regular school classes are not in session. They are not intended to extend or replace regular school classes.
In-Home Child Care:Care is provided by a non-relative who comes into the child's home to provide care. Sometimes the child care provider brings his/her own children. Generally speaking, the child care provider provides services through a personal agreement with the parent(s) and works without training or professional affiliations. (May not be legal in your state).
Relative Care:Care usually provided by an aunt, uncle or grandparent of the child. Care may be provided in the relative's or the child's home. (May not be legal in your state. Contact GAP Solutions, Inc. for more information) or refer to your state's CCDF Plan.