Program Information

Program Information

AmeriCorps Childcare Benefits Program

The AmeriCorps Childcare Benefit Program is available for qualified, active, full-time AmeriCorps State and National, VISTA, NCCC, and FEMA Corps Members who need the benefit to serve; eligibility requirements are listed below for each AmeriCorps program. Childcare benefits are paid directly to qualified childcare providers for all or of part of the member's childcare costs during their active time of service with AmeriCorps; childcare benefit payments cannot be paid directly to AmeriCorps members. Childcare benefits may not exceed applicable payment rates as established in the state in which the childcare is provided under the Childcare and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858c(4)(A)).

Application Process

To learn about your eligibility requirements, follow the link to our AmeriCorps Childcare Benefit Program Fact Sheet

Whether you are an AmeriCorps member or childcare provider, please use the AmeriCorps Member and Childcare Provider Checklists to confirm that you have all the documents to complete your Childcare benefit application.

AmeriCorps Childcare Program Member Checklist

AmeriCorps Childcare Program Provider Checklist

For your convenience, you can choose to apply online. Please utilize and share the below links to our online applications; and if you choose to fill out a paper application, click the Forms/Resources button located at the center of the homepage to find and print the forms you need.

AmeriCorps Member Online Application

AmeriCorps Provider Online Application

For a description on the Types of Childcare Providers, please click below.

Types of Childcare Providers

To find out if your provider of choice is approved to receive childcare payments from AmeriCorps, please review the AmeriCorps Childcare Provider State Guide.

If your childcare provider doesn't meet your state's requirement to participate, please select a different childcare provider.

GAP Solutions (GAPSI) has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help answer questions that AmeriCorps State & National, VISTA, and NCCC members may have about the AmeriCorps Childcare Program (ACCP). If you find you have further questions not addressed by the FAQs or need assistance in applying please feel free to contact our childcare coordinators toll free at 1-855-886-0687 .

AmeriCorps Childcare Provider State Guide

The table below is to be used only as a guide. It will give you a general idea of the state requirements for child care providers, and what they need to be eligible to participate in the AmeriCorps Child Care benefit program. Please note that the State eligibility requirements for child care providers can change at any time. To verify if your provider of choice is eligible to participate in the AmeriCorps Child Care benefit program, contact GAP Solutions with your eligibility questions at 1-855-886-0687.

Note: To be eligible, your provider of choice must be at least 18 years of age, not live in your household and may not be the biological parent.

CHILD CARE PROVIDER TYPES
STATE LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS LICENSED FAMILY & GROUP HOMES LICENSE EXEMPT (CHURCH, PUBLIC SCHOOL, YMCA) UNLICENSED (RELATIVE, FRIENDS, ETC.) *UNLICENSED PROVIDER REQUIREMENTS
Alabama YES YES YES YES*

Relative providers exempt from licensing requirements; all others must comply with Health and Safety Requirements, monitoring inspections and criminal background checks. 

Alaska YES YES YES YES
Arizona YES YES YES YES

Relative providers are exempt from licensing requirements; all others must be certified to participate. To get certified, click here for information.

Arkansas YES YES YES* YES*

Relative providers caring for 5 or less children are approved. Others must be registered to participate. Organizations: Churches are exempt. Others must have an afterschool license to participate, also known as an Out of School Time license.

California YES YES YES YES*

Relative providers are exempt from licensing requirements; all others must be registered with TrustLine to participate. Providers can get more information here.

Colorado YES YES YES YES*

Relative providers are approved. However, the AmeriCorps member must complete and submit the Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form. All other providers must be licensed.

Connecticut YES YES YES YES

Care by a relative is approved; or by a nonrelative in the child’s home. FFN (Family, Friend, Neighbor) care is exempt from licensing requirements.

Delaware YES YES YES NO
Florida YES YES YES NO*

Florida law requires that anyone who provides childcare in their home for more than one unrelated family must be either registered or licensed through the Department of Children and Families. Some counties do not allow registration. You must use a licensed provider. See below to see if your county does not allow. To register and complete Florida's background check; click here for information. Unlicensed Provider Registration in the following counties is not permitted as they have local ordinance requiring licensure. You must use a licensed childcare provider. More information here.

  • Brevard
  • Broward
  • Clay
  • Duval
  • Hillsborough
  • Manatee
  • Miami-Dade
  • Palm Beach
  • Pasco
  • Pinellas
  • Polk
  • Sarasota
  • Saint Johns
Georgia YES YES YES YES

A childcare license is needed if caring for more than 3 children. The Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form is required. All informal caregivers are required to complete pre-service and annual health and safety training. CPR training for infants and toddlers must be completed prior to the caregiver’s enrollment in the CAPS program. Informal caregivers must complete preservice orientation and training requirements within the first 90 days of enrollment and ten hours of ongoing Lead Agency-approved health and safety training each calendar year thereafter (Page 129 of CCDF). 

Guam YES YES YES YES  
Hawaii YES YES YES YES* Blood relatives are exempt from licensing requirement.
Idaho YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed providers, including blood relatives, must be certified with Idaho Stars to participate. Click here for information on getting registered.
Illinois YES YES YES* YES* Licensed exempt centers must submit a copy of their Letter of Exemption from DCFS before they can participate. Letter of exemption is valid for 2 years. For all other unlicensed providers, the AmeriCorps Member must complete the Unlicensed Childcare Provider Affidavit.
Indiana YES YES YES YES All unlicensed providers must become CCDF Certified. Click here for information on getting certified. Provider will need a current First Aid/CPR Certification to complete certification.
Iowa YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed providers are exempt. Providers with 5 or more unrelated children must be registered and complete Iowa's childcare background checks. Must also have valid First Aid and CPR training to participate. Click here to get registered.
Kansas YES YES YES YES* Non-relative unlicensed providers must pass the Child Abuse and Neglect registry check to participate. Click here for more information.
Kentucky YES YES YES YES* Allows for existing registered unlicensed providers (more information can be found here). Blood relatives are exempt from licensing requirement. A childcare license is required if caring for more than 3 unrelated children.
Louisiana YES YES YES NO  
Maine YES YES YES YES* Blood relatives are exempt from licensing requirements
Maryland YES YES NO NO  
Massachusetts YES YES YES NO  
Michigan YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed Providers must complete a GSQ Great Start to Quality virtual course for License Exempt Providers. Click here to find available trainings. The AmeriCorps member must complete the Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form.
Minnesota YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed providers must only provide care to related children, and/or provide childcare to children from single unrelated family at one time. The provider must also have a valid First Aid and CPR training. The childcare provider may not live in the member's home.
Mississippi YES YES YES NO  
Missouri YES YES YES YES Individuals caring for four or less unrelated children are considered license exempt. There is no cap on the number of related children up to the third degree (CCDF page 126-128).
Montana YES YES YES YES  
Nebraska YES YES YES YES* Blood relatives are exempt from licensing requirements. The childcare provider may not live in the member's home.
Nevada YES YES YES NO  
New Hampshire YES YES YES NO  
New Jersey YES YES YES NO  
New Mexico YES YES YES YES* Only state registered family homes are eligible for benefit payments.
New York YES YES YES YES
North Carolina YES YES YES* NO Unlicensed relatives are not exempt by the state of NC. NC only exempts faith based programs that hold a Notice of Compliance.
North Dakota YES YES YES YES* The state only approves providers that are related to the child by marriage, blood or court decree. The childcare provider may not live in the member's home.
Ohio YES YES YES* NO Day Camps must be accredited by the ACA and have the annual ACA certificate and day camp registration.
Oklahoma YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed providers are eligible to participate if care is provided in the member's home (in-home care) or if by a relative.
Oregon YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed care is allowed; however the childcare provider must be listed with the state of Oregon as an approved child care provider. Benefit will be effective from date of listing.
Pennsylvania YES YES YES YES  
Puerto Rico YES YES NO YES* Unlicensed providers must have valid First Aid and CPR certificates. Relative providers are not required to take this training. The AmeriCorps member must also complete and submit the Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form as part of their application.
Rhode Island YES YES NO NO  
South Carolina YES YES YES YES  
South Dakota YES YES YES YES Relative Providers are approved for the unregulated rate. The unregulated rate is also approved to unlicensed providers only providing care for one family. All other providers must be registered. Click here for more information.
Tennessee YES YES YES YES  
Texas YES YES NO YES* Unlicensed providers must be registered or listed with the state to participate. Click here for more information. Relatives don't need to be listed to participate.
Utah YES YES YES YES* Unlicensed providers must be registered with the state to participate. Click here to become an approved FFN (Family, Friend and Neighbor) provider. Blood relatives are exempt from requirement.
Vermont YES YES YES YES* If caring for more than 2 families, then the provider is required to register with the state or be licensed. Click here for more information on these requirements.
Virgin Islands YES YES NO NO  
Virginia YES YES YES* YES Programs holding a vendor agreement can participate in the benefit. If your program is not yet exempted as a subsidy provider, you can apply to be approved. To become a subsidy provider, click here for information. Provider must show they have vendor agreement as proof that they are approved as subsidy provider. Unlicensed providers caring for 4 or less unrelated children are exempt from requirement.
Washington YES YES YES YES* The AmeriCorps member must complete and submit the Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form. Non-relative providers must complete the Health & Safety Training. Click here to register for training.
Washington DC YES YES YES YES* Relative Care Providers and In-Home Care Providers are exempt from the licensing requirements and are referred to as "care-of-last–resort". The parent must demonstrate that they could not find care in licensed centers or child development homes to meet their schedule needs or the needs of their child. The AmeriCorps member will be required to complete and submit an Unlicensed Provider Affidavit form.
West Virginia YES YES YES* YES* In-home care by relative providers is allowed. Exempt centers (out of school time programs) must be registered to participate. Click here for more information.
Wisconsin YES YES YES YES* Only unlicensed providers already registered are eligible. More info can be found here: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cccertification. Blood relatives are exempt from the requirement but the AmeriCorps member must complete and submit the Unlicensed Provider Affidavit Form.
Wyoming YES YES YES YES  

 

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