Effective Date: 02/01/05

Reference: None


Policy Statement:

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Bureau of Child Care and Development, intends to actively support child care collaboration with part-day Head Start and Pre-K programs in order to increase the type and quality of services to low-income working families.

Applicability:

This procedure applies to any legal child care provider who collaborates with a part-day Head Start or Pre-K program.

Definition:

For collaboration purposes, a part day is defined as four (4) hours or less.

Procedure:

Authorize the full day payment rate to a single provider if a child is approved for a full day of care and attends a part-day Head Start or Pre-K program during that day. The parent's employment or education/training activity must also warrant a full day of care.

Example 1: Parent works 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The child attends a part-day Head Start program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Provider A shall be approved for 3 full days of care per week.

Example 2: Parent works 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The child attends a part-day Head Start program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The child attends Provider A from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 and Provider B from 12:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Only Provider B is eligible for 3 full days of care per week

Example 3: Parent works 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The child attends a part-day Head Start program from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The child also attends Provider A from 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and Provider B from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each provider is only eligible for 3 part days of care per week.