This section last updated on Dec 15, 2023

Section N Covid-19 Changes

Reduced copayments effective October 1, 2023 – September 2024.

The correct total family share copayment will show on the Provider Web, the POS machine, and on mailed notices. There are no additional calculations needed.

Detailed information on family share copays can be found in Section E: Co-payments.

Additional absent days (minimum of 11 days attendance required each month) through September 2024

When a child qualifies for the weekly unit type, OKDHS may pay for some days the child is absent from care. To qualify for the weekly unit type, the authorization must require more than four hours of care each day and at least 11 days and no more than 23 days per month. The child MUST attend the minimum number of 11 full-time days before OKDHS pays an absent day payment. When the child does not attend the minimum number of full-time days for that calendar month, OKDHS pays only for the days the child attended.

OKDHS pays the weekly unit type at the full-time daily rate for the number of days the child attends more than four hours. Absent day payments are included in the payment received after the tenth day of the following month.

Blended rates will be coded as weekly rates through September 2024

All blended rates will be coded as weekly rates.

All child care authorizations that are coded as Blended rates (both traditional and extended calendar rates) will be automatically switched and paid at Weekly rates.

You can find more information about Weekly Rates and absent day payments in Section C: Rates and Unit Types.

Weekly authorization information is also available on the C-4-B Child Care Provider Rate Schedule.

School age children who attend part-time will be reimbursed at a full time rate through September 2024.

To assist child care providers, school age children who attend part-time will be reimbursed at a full time rate.  For children who need before and after school care, 4 swipes per day will be required. Children must attend the minimum number of full time days in the month in order to receive absent day payments.  (Part-time days paid at a full time rate do not count towards the minimum number days required for absent day payments.)  Accurate time and attendance must continue to be recorded on the POS machine or the ECC Connect mobile app in order to prevent an overpayment.

Providers have the option of only requiring an “in” swipe on those days that part-time before and after school care is needed.  Part-time is 4 hours or less per day.  These part-time days will pay at the full time rate.  However, you still have the option to require 4 swipes if you choose.

Use the Provider Web to ensure attendance has been recorded correctly.

All School-age children attending 4 hours or less per day may use ONE attendance “IN” entry (with no out entry) for correct payment. Or the actual times in and out may be used indicating only the actual time in child care.

If the school-age child needs more than 4 hours of care in a day, the actual time in child care must be entered (Ex. arrival 6:46AM in, leave care for school 8:15AM out, and arrival back in care 2:00PM in, 6:17PM out for the day) for the correct provider payment.

Additional $5/day added for each day of care for each child through the end of September 2024.

Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) is temporarily increasing the daily subsidy rate by $5 per eligible child in addition to the regular DHS rate on the Child Care Provider Rate Schedule, Appendix C-4-B. This additional $5 per day of care will be automatically added for each child in addition to the already authorized amounts. The Provider Web authorization information will include this $5/day addition in the payment amounts.

Subsidized Child Care income waiver for Child Care Employees extended through September 2024

In an effort to provide relief to working families, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) will be waiving income eligibility requirements for traditional child care subsidy for employees of licensed child care programs.

Child care employees who already receive subsidized child care do not need to apply for this program. Your benefits will continue.

How do I apply?

Make an application via OKDHSLive.org, visiting any DHS location, or calling the benefits line 405-522-5050.

A paystub verifying status as a child care employee, and informing the caseworker during the interview may be needed. All other eligibility factors must still be met.

How will I know when I’m approved?

Families who made application via www.okdhslive.org(child care provided by a traditional licensed and contracted child care provider) will be contacted by an OKDHS child care eligibility worker, typically by phone, and may be asked some additional eligibility questions, or be requested to provide additional verification documents. Inform the case worker during the interview you are a child care employee requesting the income waiver. If you are eligible, your child care eligibility worker must approve your application within two working days of completing an interview and receiving all necessary verification from you. If approved, you will need to get an EBT card to track the days and times your child attends child care in order for your provider to get paid. Please speak to your caseworker about your preference for getting an EBT card either in person at an office or by mail.

Please remember:

  1. Employees of a licensed family child care home are not eligible to receive subsidies for their children to attend the home in which they work.
  2. Owners of a licensed center or family child care home are not eligible to receive subsidies for their children to attend the program they own.

Place holding fees may not be charged

Place holding fees, or other fees for care not given, are still not allowable fees.

Virtual learning or distance learning fees

Fees associated with distance or virtual learning are not allowable for families who receive child care subsidies.

Families receiving subsidies may continue to use child care even if working from home or have lost employment.

Child Care is both a work support for parents and a child development program, thus quality, stable placements in which children can continue to grow and learn are critical.  More information on client eligibility can be found in Section B: Understanding Client Eligibility.

Remember: A provider is still to never be in possession of a client’s EBT card or PIN.