How to Get Paid From the State to Babysit

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In many states, the government will pay for child care for eligible families.
In many states, the government will pay for child care for eligible families. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Some states or individual counties have programs to help out low-income families with child care. If you meet certain requirements, you can be on a provider list, and the state will pay you to baby sit for low-income families. Even if the pay is less than the going rate, the amount of money from the state would be guaranteed money every week. The requirements vary from state to state, but generally you will have to have certain training and undergo a background check in order to be paid by the state.

Sign up for a child CPR and first-aid course at your local Red Cross or hospital. In almost all situations, this course is require to be a state provider of child care. Be sure to keep your certification for proof.

Contact the department in your county responsible for child care to find out the exact requirements. In many states, each county is responsible for maintaining the list of child-care providers in the county. Call the local county clerk's office to find out the appropriate department or look online at the county's website.

Complete the necessary forms to be registered as a babysitter for low-income families. Review any information that is provided with the forms. Most of the time, the state or county will set your fees so make sure the fiscal agreement is appropriate.

Fulfill any other necessary training or background checks. There may be other requirements needed to become a state paid babysitter. In some cases, you will have to be fingerprinted or pay a licensing fee.

Mail back the completed forms and signed agreements. Include proof of training and any fees needed.

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