Child Care and Regulatory Services
Rules and Regulations for Child Care Facilities
The revised ruled and regulations for Child Care facilities can be accessed by the following link:
Early Learning Guidelines
Early Childhood Best Practices
Public Review of Community Services Block Grant
The Department of Human Services hereby informs the Virgin Islands Community of its intent to submit a state plan to the United States Department of Health & Human Services of the Community Services Block Grant American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Copies of the plan and its intended use of funds for fiscal year 2009 through 2010 will be available to the public for inspection and comment through July 6th, at the Human Services Office of the Commissioner Knud Hansen and Golden Rock locations, and the Public and University Libraries on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
This office combines the Child Care Fund Program, which provides subsidies for child care, and the Office of Regulatory Services, that license and ensures quality control of child care facilities and group homes.
As a key prevention program within the territory, the Child Care Development Fund program is one of the most important within the DHS for addressing working parents’ growing need for quality child care. The Child Care Fund is a federal program which provides child care subsidies to lower income working parents for infant, preschool, and for before- and after-school care, for children up to age 12. It also provides support for quality improvement in the private child care sector. The program supports both licensed facilities and informal providers who have been selected by parents and approved by DHS. Though a major force in ensuring quality child care within the private and public sector, this Office quietly goes about its work of:
In addition to satisfying the precise federal requirements that govern it, the impact this program is having and will continue to have on preventing abuse and/or neglect, is immense. By keeping children of working parents in safe, stimulating and healthy environments, this program offers protection from unsupervised access to inappropriate and violent material on TV and computer networks, child predators, and other criminals, which represent only a few of the ills that have permeated the fabric of our community.