45 CFR § 98.30 - Parental choice.
(1) To enroll the child with an eligible child care provider that has a grant or contract for the provision of such services, if such services are available; or
(b) When a parent elects to enroll the child with a provider that has a grant or contract for the provision of child care services, the child will be enrolled with the provider selected by the parent to the maximum extent practicable.
(1) Will be issued directly to the parent;
(2) Shall be of a value commensurate with the subsidy value of the child care services provided under paragraph (a)(1) of this section;
(4) May be used for child care services provided by a sectarian organization or agency, including those that engage in religious activities, if those services are chosen by the parent;
(5) May be expended by providers for any sectarian purpose or activity that is part of the child care services, including sectarian worship or instruction;
(i) Center-based child care;
(ii) Family child care; and
(iii) In-home child care, with limitations, if any, imposed by the Lead Agency and described in its Plan at § 98.16(i)(2). Under each of the above categories, care by a sectarian provider may not be limited or excluded.
(2) Lead Agencies shall provide information regarding the range of provider options under paragraph (e)(1) of this section, including care by sectarian providers and relatives, to families offered child care services.
(f) With respect to State and local regulatory requirements under § 98.40, health and safety requirements under § 98.41, and payment rates under § 98.45, CCDF funds will not be available to a Lead Agency if State or local rules, procedures or other requirements promulgated for purposes of the CCDF significantly restrict parental choice by:
(1) Expressly or effectively excluding:
(ii) Any type of provider within a category of care; or
(g) As long as provisions at paragraph (f) of this section are met, parental choice provisions shall not be construed as prohibiting a Lead Agency from establishing policies that require providers of child care services for which assistance is provided under this part to meet higher standards of quality, such as those identified in a quality rating and improvement system or other transparent system of quality indicators.
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