Illinois Department of Human Services

07/02/15

Information Memo

Summary:

  • Due to significant projected FY16 funding shortfalls, the Department is reducing Child Care Assistance Program benefits to ensure the continued sustainability of CCAP despite the limited available financial resources projected for FY16.
  • Effective July 1, 2015, the Department is imposing priority eligibility guidelines to all new Applications.
  • Cases being redetermined will continue to be eligible as long as they are within the income levels set for redeterminations (see "Redetermination" monthly income levels below) and all other eligibility factors are met.
  • Within six months of initial child care assistance eligibility, an eligible family with an absent parent must have an active collection case with the Division of Child Support Services at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
  • As a condition of eligibility to receive a State subsidy for providing child care services to eligible families, all license exempt child care providers shall comply with all required background checks.

Due to significant projected FY16 funding shortfalls, the Department is reducing Child Care Assistance Program benefits to ensure the continued sustainability of CCAP despite the limited available financial resources projected for FY16.

Priority Eligibility and Income Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2015, the Department is imposing priority eligibility guidelines to all new Applications. A new Application is defined as a request for child care assistance for a family that has not had eligibility within the last 30 days. To initially qualify for the program after July 1 an applicant must be a:

1) recipient of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF);

2) Teen Parent enrolled full-time in elementary or high school or GED classes to obtain a high school

degree or its equivalent;

3) family with a Special Needs child(ren); or

4) working family whose monthly income does not exceed 50% of the most current Federal Poverty

Level for their family size (See "New Case" monthly income levels below).

New applicants that do not fall into one of the above groups will be issued a Notice of Denial. IDHS will notify all families denied for this reason once the program returns to its regular policies so new applications can be submitted.

Cases being redetermined will continue to be eligible as long as they are within the income levels set for redeterminations (see "Redetermination" monthly income levels below) and all other eligibility factors are met. If inactive for 30 days or more, all new guidelines apply.

Family Size

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

New Case

$ 664

$ 838

$1, 011 

$1,184

$1,358

$1,531

$1,704

$1,878

$2,051

Redetermination

$2,456

$3,098

$3,739

$4,380

$5,022

$5,663

$6,304

$6,946

$7,587

Parent Rights and Responsibilities

Within six months of initial child care assistance eligibility, an eligible family with an absent parent must have an active collection case with the Division of Child Support Services at the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. A case must be opened against the absent parent of every child within the family's household. If a family does not comply with this requirement within the given time frame, the child care case will be cancelled.

Provider Background Checks

As a condition of eligibility to receive a State subsidy for providing child care services to eligible families, all license exempt child care providers shall comply with all required background checks. Providers will be sent a form and information, as needed, once the application is submitted. The background checks that apply are below.

Type of Provider

Criminal Background

Check

Illinois Sex

Offender

Registry Check

Child Abuse and

Neglect Check

License-Exempt Center Yes Yes Yes

Non-Relative Provider in Provider's

Home

Yes Yes Yes
  • Household Members Age 18+
Yes Yes Yes
  • Household Members Age 13-17
No Yes Yes
Relative in Provider's Home Yes Yes Yes
  • Household Members Age 18+
Yes Yes Yes
  • Household Members Age 13-17
No Yes Yes
Non-Relative in Child's Home Yes Yes Yes
Relative in Child's Home Yes Yes Yes

Parent Co-Payment Amounts Are Increasing

Monthly co-payments are increasing as of July 1st. Please see Manual Release # 15.16.

Questions

Contact Michael Garner-Jones, IDHS Child Care and Development, @ Michael.garner-jones@illinois.gov.

[signed copy on file]

James T. Dimas

Secretary-designate, Illinois Department of Human Services