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Types of Care

Definitions For Family Child Care:
Family child care is home-based care provided for a portion of the day in a private family home for compensation. The home must be inhabited by the family/individual who is providing care, and the provider's hours of operation may not exceed eighteen (18) hours in a 24 hour period. Under state law, only family child care provided for 4-6 children must be regulated. Under WV Code, Chapter 49-2B-9 family child care providers caring for fewer than four children (informal family child care) or only for related children (relative family child care) are exempt from state regulatory requirements. These informal and relative providers may, however, be approved in order to receive subsidy payments through the child care certificate system. The following terms apply to these three types of family child care providers.

Informal Family Child Care:
An informal family child care home provides care for three (3) or fewer children. At least one (1) child is not related to the caregiver and the provider must be requesting reimbursement for at least one (1) child through the child care certificate system. Informal child care providers must receive approval in order to accept child care certificate funds.

Registered Family Child Care Home:
A facility used to provide nonresidential child care for compensation in the provider's home. A registered provider may care for four (4) to six(6) children, including children who are living in the household, who are under six (5) years of age. No more than two (2) of the total number of children may be under twenty-four (24) months of age.

Relative Family Child Care:
A relative family child care home provides care only to children related to the caregiver. The caregiver must be a grandparent, great grandparent, aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle or adult sibling and must be seeking reimbursement through the child care certificate system. This type of care must receive approval in order to accept child care funding.

Definition of Family Child Care Facility:
A family child care facility serves groups of seven (7) to twelve (12) children for four (4) or more hours per day. The provider may care for no more than four (4) children under the age of 24 months nor more than twelve (12) children in total, including children residing in the home under the age of six (6) years. Care may be in the operator's home or in a facility that is not inhabited by the provider.

Definition of Family Child Care Facility:
A Child Care Center serves groups of thirteen (13) or more children for four (4) or more hours per day.

 

The Child Care Resource Center, sponsored by Catholic Charities WVa, is a separate entity from the
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (Department). The Department has not control over the daily operations of the Child Care Resource Center, nor is it liable for the actions of the Child Care Resource Center. This program is being presented with financial assistance as a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.