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Children with Special Needs - VI

Learn about valuable resources for parents of children with special needs.


Early Intervention – Infants and Toddlers Program

Early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays

Phone: (340) 777-8804 ext. 2629 or 2623 (St. Thomas), (340) 718-1311 ext. 3124 (St. Croix)

Website: www.healthvi.org/programs/family-health/infants-toddlers/index.html

Child Care - VI

Find out about the ins and outs of child care in your area. What is required to become a provider in your area? What requirements are there for a background check? Does your state offer any quality improvement programs?


Child Care Licensing

Your local child care regulatory office

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas and St. John), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/OCCRS/index.html


Inspection Reports    

Find out what programs in your area are in compliance with licensing regulations   

*Inspections not available online. Contact your licensing agency for more information.*

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas and St. John), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/OCCRS/index.html


Criminal Background Checks

Understanding criminal background checks requirements in your area

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/OCCRS/documents/RevisedRulesRegswithattachments.pdf (page 19)


Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – Child Nutrition Programs

Reimburses child care providers for healthy meals and snacks served to children in their care

Phone: (340) 774-0100 ext. 2811


Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)

QRIS is used to evaluate, improve, and communicate the quality of child care programs. QRIS uses set standards to rate child care providers. Resources are provided to improve program standards and obtain better ratings. A QRIS program has been created in over half of the states. A QRIS often has five key points:

1. Program standards (including licensing rules)

2. Resources to programs to improve quality

3. Financial incentives and supports

4. Quality assurance and monitoring

5. Outreach and consumer education

Many states now include standards specific to infants and toddlers in their licensing rules and QRIS. These measures address the health, safety, and well-being of infants and toddlers while in child care.

*Virgin Islands’ QRIS is currently in progress.*

Health and Social Services - VI

Discover resources that will provide more information regarding local services such as health care and child well-being.


Child Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, maltreatment, or neglect of a child

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas and St. John), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/CYS/protection.html

*If county is not known, call ChildHelp at 1(800) 422-4453*


Child Support Enforcement

Child support application and procedures for your state

Phone: (340) 775-3070 (St. Thomas and St. John), (340) 775-3070 ext. 4050 (St. Croix)

Website: www.pcsd.vi/


Medicaid Eligibility

Federal-State health insurance program for low-income individuals

Phone: (340) 715-6929

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/financial_programs/medical_assistance.html

*If you are not eligible for Medicaid, your child(ren) may still be able to receive health coverage from the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For questions about eligibility and benefits, contact your Medicaid office.*


Virgin Islands Department of Human Services  

State government programs and services for children and families

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix), (340) 776-6334 (St. John)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/CYS/index.html


Department of Health, Division of Mental Health, Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Services

State government mental health resources that may offer community mental health services (may include individual, family, and marital counseling), behavioral health services, and substance abuse programs

Phone: (340) 718-1311 ext. 3033

Website:  www.healthvi.org/programs/mental-health/index.html 


Car Seat Basics

Information on car seat regulations and inspection services

Phone: (340) 772-3025 (St. Croix)

Website: www.vipd.gov.vi/Departments/Office_of_the_Police_Commissioner/Office_of_Highway_Safety.aspx

Find Your Local Inspection Station: www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm

Financial Assistance - VI

Are you looking for help paying for child care? Buying groceries or diapers? Find out what assistance programs are offered locally.


Virgin Islands Head Start

A federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families

Phone: (340) 774-0930

Find Your Local Head Start/Early Head Start: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/preschool/listings.html


Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

A program offering supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition information to low-income women who are pregnant or have children aged birth to five

Phone: Contact your local clinic

Website: www.healthvi.org/programs/family-health/wic/


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Cash assistance designed to help low-income families achieve self-sufficiency

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas and St. John), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/financial_programs/TANF.html


Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps)

Federal nutrition program

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix), (340) 776-6334 (St. John)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/financial_programs/food_stamp.html


Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Helps low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs

Phone: (340) 774-0930 (St. Thomas), (340) 773-2323 (St. Croix), (340) 776-6334 (St. John)

Website: www.dhs.gov.vi/financial_programs/energy_assist.html