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Arizona's Enhanced Rate for Accredited Programs

Feb 9, 2016

Enhanced rates for accredited programs assist with the costs associated in meeting higher standards such as implementing developmentally appropriate practices, providing lower staff/child ratios, and retaining higher educated and experienced staff.

Arizona’s enhanced rate for accredited programs became operational in August 1999. This allows children to enroll in programs providing higher quality of care by reimbursing nationally accredited providers 10% more than the Department of Economic Security maximum rates. Over one third of the enhanced rate paid is for infants and toddlers in accredited programs.

The enhanced rate has two purposes: 1) to make higher quality (accredited) slots available to children whose parents may not be able to afford that care; and 2) to encourage more providers to become accredited.

All types of child care programs are included in the tiered reimbursement system. Enhanced rates for accredited programs assist with the costs associated in meeting higher standards such as implementing developmentally appropriate practices, providing lower staff/child ratios, and retaining higher educated and experienced staff.

Updated February 2016

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