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State and Territory Profile

STATE/TERRITORY PROFILE - WYOMING

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
Total Population 12 and Under. Under 3-Years Old: Total 24034, Percentage 24; 3 and 4-Years Old: Total 16169 Percentage 16; 5 through 12-Years Old: Total 59031 Percentage 59
Children Living in Working Families
Children Living in Working Families: Children under 6-Years-Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.232158028887001 and with two working parents 0.438166713867648; Children Ages 6 to 17-Years Old Living in Working Families with one working parent 0.251002513264451 and with two working parents 0.506439542027367
Poverty Statistics
Poverty Statistics: 0.372135271101174 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.15746692752003 are Under 6-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty; 0.275885580700672 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 185% of Poverty; 0.121778845633516 are 6 to 17-Years Old and living Below 100% of Poverty
  Below 100% of Poverty Below 185% of Poverty
Under 6-Years Old 15.75% 37.21%
6 to 17-Years Old 12.18% 27.59%

ECE Program Participation and Funding

Percentage and Number of Children/Families Served
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage
of Children in Care By Age Group
CCDF Average Monthly Percentage<br>of Children in Care By Age Group. Under 3-Years Old: 32%; 3 and 4-Years Old: 28%; 5 through 12-Years Old: 39%
CCDF Average Monthly Number
of Children and Families Served
Average Monthly number of Children and Families Served: Children 3000 and Families 1900
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care
Licensed Providers
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Licensed or Regulated Providers: Center 62%, Group Home 13%, Family Home 15%, Child's Home 15%
Non-Licensed Providers
Average Monthly Percentages of Children Served in All Types of Care - Legally Operating Without Regulations: Center 0%, Group Home 0%, Family Home 8%, Child's Home 8%
Note: Unregulated provider data includes relative and non-relative care.
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
  • Total CCDF Expenditure (Including Quality):
$16,018,315
  • CCDF Federal Expenditure:
$11,183,829
  • CCDF State/Territory Expenditure:
$4,834,486
CCDF Quality Expenditures
  • Total Quality Expenditure:
$9,289,048
  • Quality Activities (Set Aside Funds):
$9,186,855
  • Infant and Toddler (Targeted Funds):
$102,193
  • Quality Expansion Funds (Targeted Funds):
$0
  • School-Age/Resource and Referral (Targeted Funds):
$0
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for Child Care
  • TANF – Total Child Care Expenditure:
$0
Bullet icon TANF – Direct Expenditure on Child Care: $0
Bullet icon TANF – Transfer to CCDF: $0
ChildCare Tax Credits
  • Tax Credit Federal Total Amount Claimed:
$610,800
  • Tax Credit Federal Number of Claims:
10,990
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Available - 2015:
No
  • State/Territory Tax Credit Refundable:
No
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • CACFP Funding:
$4,988,167
  • Number of Family Child Care Homes Participating:
247
  • Number of Child Care Centers (includes Head Start Programs) Participating:
132
Head Start
  • Head Start Federal Allocation:
$14,101,526
  • Head Start State/Territory Allocation:
Not available
  • Number of Children Participating:
1,424
IDEA Part B, Section 619
  • IDEA Part B Funding:
$1,060,850
  • Number of Children Served (Ages 3- through 5-Years-Old):
3,419
IDEA Part C
  • IDEA Part C Funding:
$2,301,533
  • Number of Children Served (Ages Birth through 2-Years-Old):
1,205
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 $5,200.00 $4,420.00 $3,580 69%
SMI Year and Source:
Waiting Lists
  • The Lead Agency currently does not have a waiting list and all eligible families who apply will be served under State/Territory eligibility rules.
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. Providers receive higher rates for caring for children with special needs requiring additional care.
  • Children in families with very low incomes receive the same priority as 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 26.83/day 24.50/day
Toddler 26.46/day 24.50/day
Preschool 24.50/day 22.54/day
School Age 21.15/day 21.56/day
 
Effective date of payment rates:

Market Rate Survey (MRS) Date: September 1, 2012

Payment rate ceiling in relations to the most current MRS for all rate areas and age categories: Center 0-75th percentile or above; FCC 0-75th percentile or above

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 $1.71/hour $1.71/hour per child
Family Contribution Waiver
NO families with income at or below the poverty level for a family of the same size ARE 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 267 15281
Family Child Care Homes 310 2851
Group Family Child Care Homes 154 2159
Definition of Licensed Group and Family Child Care Homes
Group Child Care Homes:Number of children allowed* 15
Family Child Care Homes: Number of children allowed 3-10
*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) 4:1 10
Toddler (35 months) 8:1 10
Preschool (59months) 10:1 10
School-age (6 years) 18:1 40
School-age (10 years and older) 18:1 40
Criminal Background Checks Required by Type of Program
Type Child Care Centers Group Child Care Homes Family Child Care Homes
Criminal History Records No Yes Yes
Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Yes Yes Yes
Fingerprints Yes Yes Yes
Sex Offender Registry No No No
Signed Statement About Criminal Status No No No
Minimum Preservice Qualifications and Ongoing Training Requirements
Role Minimum Preservice Qualifications Ongoing Training Hours
Center Teacher None 30 every 2 years
Center Director 100 approved clock hours of training and 2 years of experience 30 every 2 years
Family Child Care Home Provider 3 months of experience working with children 30 over 2 years
Group Child Care Home Provider 50 clock hours of approved training and 1 year of experience 30 over 2 years
Types of Routine Visits Conducted
Type Announced Unannounced Frequency of Routine Visits
Child Care Centers Yes Yes Twice a year
Family Child Care Home Provider Yes Yes Twice a year
Group Child Care Home Provider Yes Yes Twice a year

Quality Improvement

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
No
  • TA is available for attaining and maintaining accreditation
No
  • TA is linked to entering the QRIS or targeted to help programs move in QRIS
No
Financial Incentives and Supports for Programs
  • Grants to meet or maintain licensing
No
  • Grants to meet QRIS or similar quality levels
No
  • One-time awards or bonuses on completion of quality standard attainment
No
  • Tiered reimbursement tied to quality for children receiving subsidy
No
  • 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)
No
  • Program Assessment Scales (PAS) for child care centers or Business Administration Scale (BAS) for family child care homes
No
  • 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
No
  • State/Territory uses this information for resource and referral and consumer education services with parents who are seeking care
No
  • State/Territory uses this information to educate parents who are enrolling in the subsidy system
No
  • State/Territory uses this information in a searchable database on the web
No
  • 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
No
  • 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
No
  • 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
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
    • Cross-walked to align with K-12 content standards

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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