Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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In-Home and Informal Child Care

Definition:

Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) defines an informal child care provider as an individual who is a friend of the family requesting child care assistance who does not live with the recipient, is at least 18 years of age, and provides care only for that recipient's child(ren).
Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) defines an in-home provider as an individual who provides child care services in the home of the family requesting child care assistance. An in-home provider does not live with the family and is at least 18 years of age. Care is provided only to that family’s child(ren).

  • Informal providers and in-home providers are exempt from licensure or registration.
  • In order to receive child care assistance payments, informal and in-home  providers are required to meet federal and state health and safety requirements such as training, background checks, and an annual inspection of the home used for care.

Process for becoming an informal child care provider

Health and Safety Regulatory Requirements met by an informal or in-home provider:

  • Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 67:47:01:13.01 – Requirements for an in-home and informal provider

Monitoring and Inspections  

Background Checks Required 

Email a request for more information or to obtain a packet to start the registration process  link to CCS email address

Call a licensing specialist for more information or to obtain a packet to start the registration process.