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Arizona Department of Economic Security

Your Partner for a Stronger Arizona

Little Moments.

Big Impact.

Caring for Arizona's Children
Starts with You

High quality child care and early learning matters. Greater access to child care is crucial for children's development and parents' participation in the workforce.

We need your help to set our children up for bright futures.
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Why is Early Childhood Development Critical?

What happens in early childhood lays the foundation for how children's brains develop, how they do at school, and how they interact with the world throughout their lives. Over two-thirds of children from birth through age 12 have all available parents in the workforce. A strong child care system includes high quality child care, school, and out-of-school time options that support the ability of parents to go to work with the peace of mind that their children are in safe, healthy, nurturing learning environments. This is where the Division of Child Care comes in.

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What Does the Division of Child Care Do?

The Division of Child Care provides child care financial assistance to eligible families of children Birth through age 12 and delivers services through a network of child care providers and community partners throughout Arizona, including specialized child care services for children and families experiencing significant stress in areas such as shelter and safety, child maltreatment, and for children with special physical, behavioral, or developmental needs. Through state and community collaborations, the Division of Child Care offers working parents the best choices for their child's early learning, paving the way for their future success.

Help Arizona's Children by
Becoming a Child Care Provider

Give children the best possible start in life by becoming a DES Child Care Provider. There are different provider types - learn more to find the one that works best for you.

DES Certified Family Child Care Providers

DES certifies family child care providers to care for up to four children at one time in their home for compensation. Certified Family Child Care Providers can provide care for families that receive DES child care assistance and private pay families.

DES Non-Certified Relative Providers

Non-Certified Relative Providers (NCRP) provide child care services within the State of Arizona for families approved for DES child care, who are related by blood, marriage or by court decree. If you think you qualify as an NCRP, your relative must have their Child Care Assistance eligibility worker refer you as the child care provider.

DES Contracted Child Care Centers and Child Care Group Homes

Arizona Licensed Child Care Centers and Child Care Group Homes can enter into a contract with DES and receive financial reimbursement for providing child care to children and their families eligible for DES child care assistance.

How Do I Get Started?

Watching this video to consider if becoming a DES Certified Family Child Care Provider is right for you.

If you feel you meet the requirements and are interested in being a DES Certified Family Child Care Provider, our team is here to help you start your journey to supporting Arizona's children and working parents.

Have questions? We have answers.

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