WAG 06-16-02

The child care program serves:

  • all working families that meet the income guidelines,
  • clients receiving TANF who are participating in an approved work and training activity (including education) contained in their Responsibility and Services Plan (RSP),

    NOTE: This does not apply to RPYs. 

  • teen parents attending high school or a GED program, and
  • persons not receiving TANF who need child care to attend school (up to and including the person's first Associate Degree and/or first Bachelor's Degree). The family must meet the income guidelines and, when applicable, a work requirement. 

To be eligible, these persons must:

  • apply for benefits,
  • have income within amounts in WAG 25-03-14 (income limits don't apply to an employed RPY who receives TANF or GA for the child and who is not the child's parent or stepparent), and
  • receive child care from a qualified provider.

Child care will be paid for:

  • children under age 13; and
  • children age 13 through 18 who need child care because of:
    • a physical or psychological condition; or
    • court ordered supervision.

Allow payment only for child care provided by a qualified provider through a legal child care arrangement (see PM 06-16-03). A client who does not cooperate in certifying their child care arrangement as legal, or whose child care is not certified as legal, is not eligible for a child care payment. 

Child care may be paid for children in the TANF or GA unit and those who could be included in the unit if they did not receive SSI.

Child care services received by a family must be reasonably related to the hours of education, training, or employment outside the home. This may include research, lab, library time, transportation time, etc., in addition to class or work hours. Do not allow payment for hours the client is at home.

Clients are responsible for a portion of their child care costs (i.e., a copayment). Exception: An employed RPY who is not a parent/stepparent of a child who receives TANF or GA does not have to make a copayment.

Parents or other relatives are responsible to provide income verification and all other information required by the Department in order to determine eligibility for child care services.

Parents or other relatives are responsible to report all changes in income, employment, family size, deleted text or any other factor that would affect eligibility for child care services to the Department or the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) within 5 days of the change.

Parents or other relatives must avail themselves of all other available child care services.