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Child Care Program Office

Information for Parents: Eligible Provider Types

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Providers who are eligible to receive payments through the PASS Child Care Assistance Program include:

Licensed Child Care Providers/Facilities

Licensed child care providers/facilities are those facilities that possess a current license, issued by the Department of Health & Social Services or the Municipality of Anchorage, to operate a child care facility in the State of Alaska.

They include:

  • Licensed Child Care Homes:

    Care is provided for no more than 8 children at any one time
  • Licensed Child Care Group Homes:

    Care is provided for 9 to 12 children
  • Licensed Child Care Centers:

    Care if provided for 13 or more children

Approved Child Care Providers

Approved child care providers are those providers who are otherwise exempt from licensure and who are approved to provide child care services to children whose families receive child care assistance.

They include:

  • Approved Child Care Providers
  • Approved Relative Child Care Providers
  • In-Home Care Providers

Department of Defense and Coast Guard Certified

Department of Defense and Coast Guard certified facilities are those facilities that possess a current certificate of other approval granted by the United States Department of Defense or United States Coast Guard.

Tribal Approval or Certification

Tribal approved or certified facilities are those facilities that possess a current certificate or other approval from a tribal entity whose child care provider standards meet or exceed the standards of the Department of Health & Social Services.

If your selected child care provider would like to become licensed or approved, click here to get more information.

Legally Exempt Care

In addition to the Approved Relative, Approved Home and In-Home care providers that may participate in the child care assistance program, a provider may choose not to participate and still operate legally by caring for no more than four children unrelated to them. Since the provider is not eligible to participate in the child care assistance program parent(s) are responsible to pay the full amount of all child care costs.

Any provider without a Child Care License from the Department of Health & Social Services or the Municipality of Anchorage who is caring for more than four unrelated children is considered an illegally operating provider. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding this type of situation.

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Child Care Program Office Contact Information:

E-mail: CCPO@alaska.gov or
Toll-free statewide at: 1-888-268-4632

South Central Regional Office

3601 C St., Suite 140
Anchorage, AK 99524
907-269-4500

Northern Regional Office

542 4th Avenue #212
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-451-3198

Southeast Regional Office

150 3rd St., Ste. 107
Juneau, AK 99811
907-465-4756

Municipality of Anchorage:

Email: HHSCCL@muni.org
825 L Street, 3rd floor
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-343-4758

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