Tier II

The Division of Early Care and Education within the Bureau for Children and Families announces the availability of a new tiered reimbursement rate for the child care subsidy program. Child care programs, including centers, facilities and family child care homes, are now able to apply for Tier II reimbursement rates of $2 extra per day of care provided, if specific higher quality standards are met.

What is Tiered Reimbursement?

The Child Care Tiered Reimbursement System is a quality initiative that offers higher subsidy payments to child care programs that demonstrate they meet higher standards of care. Programs that are licensed as a center or facility and registered family child care homes are currently receiving Tier I rates through the child care subsidy program. Programs that are accredited by an approved accrediting agency currently receive Tier III rates. Child Care programs are now able to receive a new tier level, Tier II reimbursement rates, if the specific quality standards are met.

Which programs are eligible for tiered reimbursement?

To be eligible for Tier II reimbursement rates, a child care center or facility must have a regular operating license (not a provisional or initial), and a family child care home must have a certificate of registration for at least six (6) months. The program must also enroll children who receive subsidies for care.

Bonus Funding Available

After child care programs meet the required quality standards and raise their tier level, additional funding is available as a “bonus” for increasing the program’s quality. The bonuses are available in the following amounts:

  • Centers: $1,500.00
  • Facilities: $500.00
  • Homes: $250.00


To apply for tiered reimbursement or change your tier level, you must complete and submit a Tiered Reimbursement Application along with the required documentation listed on the application form. For more instructions on how to apply or to access an application form, which includes quality standards, click the applicable link below:

Child Care Center Tiered Reimbursement Application
Child Care Facility Tiered Reimbursement Application
Family Child Care Home Tiered Reimbursement Application

Tier II Validation Notebook Documentation Samples may be found at: