Session 3: Webinar "Tiered Payments as an Improvement Strategy and an Incentive for QRIS Participation"

This session will focus on the levers of tiered payments and subsidy contracting to support high quality child care. Participants will have a dialogue with States about the impact of tiered payments and contracting, and the factors that influenced States’ decisions to institute financial supports through the subsidy system.

*****Thursday, June 18 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm ET on-line*****
Presenter Biographies: 

Jim Bates is a Senior Research Associate working for the National Center on Child Care Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCCCSIA) and has more than 20 years of experience in both State and local government human service program management and operations in the areas of Child Care, and other programs of assistance and early education. Since joining NCCCSIA in 2012, Mr. Bates has been the Technical Assistance (TA) representative for six ACF Regions (27 States and two Territories). He has provided TA to States in CCDF subsidy administration, child care policy, improper payment methodology and reviews, and program integrity through remote consultation, onsite visits, multistate conferences in the 10 ACF Regions, program integrity conference calls and other webinars, and preparation of written tools and resources. Mr. Bates has also presented on the cross-systems of child care subsidy, child care quality, and Head Start partnerships. Prior to joining NCCCSIA in 2012, he was the Director of Wisconsin’s Bureau of Child Care Administration, where he had direct oversight of Wisconsin’s child care subsidy program (Wisconsin Shares), policy direction, program integrity efforts, and monitoring of local administration. Additionally, he oversaw the design and development of Wisconsin’s tiered payment system to support quality providers in a QRIS structure. Mr. Bates was also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the South Central Child Care Resource and Referral of Wisconsin.