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State and Territory Profile

STATE/TERRITORY PROFILE - AMERICAN SAMOA

This profile highlights a current innovative effort to promote a subsidy system that is child-focused, family friendly, and fair to providers. It also provides demographic information, Early Care and Education (ECE) program participation and funding, subsidy innovation and program integrity information, program quality improvement activities, and professional development and workforce initiatives. Sources and links are provided at the end of the document

Demographics

Total Population 12 and Under
Data not available.
Children Living in Working Families
Data not available.
Poverty Statistics
Data not available.

ECE Program Participation and Funding

Percentage and Number of Children/Families Served
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage
of Children in Care By Age Group
Data not available.
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Data not available.
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care
Licensed Providers
Data not available.
Non-Licensed Providers
Data not available.
Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
$2,246,900
  • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
$2,246,900
  • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
$0
CCDF Quality Expenditures
  • Total Quality Expenditure:
$523,593
  • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
$224,256
  • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
$84,008
  • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
$89,875
  • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
$125,454
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
  • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
Not available
Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: Not available
Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: Not available
ChildCare Tax Credits
  • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
Not available
  • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
Not available
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
Not available
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
Not available
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • CACFP Funding:
Not available
  • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
Not available
  • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
Not available
Head Start
  • Head Start Federal Allocation:
Not available
  • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
Not available
  • Number of Children Participating:
1,332
IDEA Part B, Section 619
  • IDEA Part B Funding:
  • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
37
IDEA Part C
  • IDEA Part C Funding:
$621,277
  • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
25
Pre-kindergarten
  • Pre-kindergarten Total Expenditure:
Not available
  • Enrollment (4-year-olds and under):
0
Note: Total Expenditure includes all State/Territory, Local, and Federal dollars. In addition to 3 and 4-year-olds, some Pre-kindergarten programs enroll children of other ages.

CCDF Subsidy Program Administration

Income Eligibility Limit as a Percent of State Median Income (SMI)
Family Size 100% of SMI (Monthly) 85% of SMI (Monthly) Lower Than 85% of SMI,
If Used to Limit Eligibility
Amount (Monthly) Percent of SMI
Three $4,620.00 $3,927.00 $2,310 50%
SMI Year and Source:
Waiting Lists
  • The Lead Agency has an active waiting list for any eligible family who applies when they cannot be served at the time of application.
Re-determination Period
  • The re-determination period is 6 months.
Coordinates or Aligns Re-determination Periods With Which Programs
  • No
Prioritize Services for Eligible Children and Families
  • Children with special needs receive priority over other CCDF-eligible families. Children with special needs receive different eligibility thresholds.
  • Children in families with very low incomes receive priority over other CCDF-eligibility families. Children in families with very low incomes receive waived co-payments if income is at or below the Federal Poverty Level.
Use of Grants and Contracts

No grant or contracts used

Payment Rates for Licensed Child Care Services -
Age Center Family Child Care
Infant 200.00/month 200.00/month
Toddler 180.00/month 180.00/month
Preschool 180.00/month 180.00/month
School Age 54.00/month 54.00/month
 
Effective date of payment rates:

Market Rate Survey (MRS) Date: May 1, 2013

Payment rate ceiling in relations to the most current MRS for all rate areas and age categories: Center 19th-75th percentile or above; FCC 75th percentile or above

Differential Rates
Differential rates are used for the following types of care:
  • children with special needs
  • higher quality care
Sliding Fee Scale and Family Contribution
Minimum Family Contribution Maximum Family Contribution for First Child Maximum Family Contribution for Multiple Children Sliding Fee Scale Effective Date
No fee No fee No fee
Family Contribution Waiver
SOME families ARE NOT required to pay a fee.

Health and Safety

Number of Licensed Programs and Licensed Capacity
Type Number of Licensed Programs Licensed Capacity
Child Care Centers Not available Not available
Family Child Care Homes Not available Not available
Group Family Child Care Homes Not available Not available
Definition of Licensed Group and Family Child Care Homes
Group Child Care Homes:Number of children allowed* Not available
Family Child Care Homes: Number of children allowed Not available
*Lower number is the threshold for licensing. Home-based providers caring for fewer children would be exempt from licensing.
Child-Staff Ratios and Group Size by Age of Children for Child Care Centers
Age of Children Child-Staff Ratio Group Size
Infant (11 months) Not available Not available
Toddler (35 months) Not available Not available
Preschool (59months) Not available Not available
School-age (6 years) Not available Not available
School-age (10 years and older) Not available Not available
Criminal Background Checks Required by Type of Program
Type Child Care Centers Group Child Care Homes Family Child Care Homes
Criminal History Records Not available Not available Not available
Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Not available Not available Not available
Fingerprints Not available Not available Not available
Sex Offender Registry Not available Not available Not available
Signed Statement About Criminal Status Not available Not available Not available
Minimum Preservice Qualifications and Ongoing Training Requirements
Role Minimum Preservice Qualifications Ongoing Training Hours
Center Teacher Not available Not available
Center Director Not available Not available
Family Child Care Home Provider Not available Not available
Group Child Care Home Provider Not available Not available
Types of Routine Visits Conducted
Type Announced Unannounced Frequency of Routine Visits
Child Care Centers Not available Not available Not available
Family Child Care Home Provider Not available Not available Not available
Group Child Care Home Provider Not available Not available Not available

Quality Improvement

Program Standards
  • Standards have provisions about the care of the following groups of children:
    • Infants and toddlers
    • School-age children
    • Children with special needs
    • Children who are dual language learners
Supports to Programs to Improve Quality
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining licensing compliance
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining quality standards beyond licensing
Yes
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining accreditation
No
  • TA is linked to entering the QRIS or targeted to help programs move in QRIS
Yes
Financial Incentives and Supports for Programs
  • Grants to meet or maintain licensing
Yes
  • Grants to meet QRIS or similar quality levels
Yes
  • One-time awards or bonuses on completion of quality standard attainment
No
  • Tiered reimbursement tied to quality for children receiving subsidy
Yes
  • On-going, periodic grants or stipends tied to improving/maintaining quality
No
  • Tax credits tied to meeting program quality standards
No
Quality Assurance and Monitoring
  • Environment Rating Scale (e.g., ECERS, ITERS, SACERS, FDCRS)
No
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)
Yes
  • Program Assessment Scales (PAS) for child care centers or Business Administration Scale (BAS) for family child care homes
Yes
  • State/Territory uses customized instrument, including submission of written documentation, developed for the quality improvement system
No
Outreach and Consumer Education
  • State/Territory uses symbols or simple icons to communicate levels of quality for child care programs
Yes
  • State/Territory uses this information for resource and referral and consumer education services with parents who are seeking care
Yes
  • State/Territory uses this information to educate parents who are enrolling in the subsidy system
Yes
  • State/Territory uses this information in a searchable database on the web
Yes
  • State/Territory promotes voluntarily posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
No
  • State/Territory mandates posting symbols or icons visibly in programs
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in marketing and public awareness campaigns
Yes
  • State/Territory uses the media to reach public to parents and the communicate about levels of quality for child care programs
No
Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
  • State/Territory has a QRIS or similar quality improvement system that includes linked activities in all five elements
 
Bullet icon Operating state/territory-wide No
Bullet icon Operating as a pilot or in a few localities No
  • State/Territory is in the development phase of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
Yes
  • State/Territory has no plans for the development of a QRIS or similar quality improvement system
Yes
  • Types of providers eligible to participate in QRIS: None

Early Learning Standards

ELGs Developed by Age Group
  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 years and older
Incorporation of Early Learning Guidelines into Child Care Systems
  • Incorporation of Early Learning Guidelines into Child Care Systems:
    • To define the content of training required to meet licensing requirements
    • To define the content of training required for program quality improvement standards (e.g., QRIS standards)
    • To define the content of training required for the career lattice or professional credential
    • To require programs in licensing standards to develop curriculum/learning activities based on the voluntary ELGs
    • To require programs in quality improvement standards to develop curriculum/learning activities based on the voluntary ELGs
    • To develop State/Territory -approved curricula
A table of Alignment of Early Learning Guidelines with Other Early Care and Education Systems
  • The State/Territory aligns its early learning guidelines with other parts of the child care system:
    • Cross-walked to align with Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework

Coordination

Coordination and Partnership Efforts to Support the Implementation of CCDF
  • Formal early childhood and/or school-age coordination plans
No
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state/territory-wide early childhood and/or school-age cabinet/advisory council/task force/ commission
No
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- state advisory council
Yes
  • Designated entity responsible for coordination- local coordination/council
No

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