All child care, except as noted below, is approved by staff at the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&R) and through licensed centers under contract with DHS. Family Community Resource Center staff are responsible for referring a client to the CCR&R, providing the client with a copy of their RSP, and answering any questions they have.
Exceptions: Family Community Resource Center staff authorize child care paid as an employment expense or for a onetime need for persons receiving TANF. They refer TANF applicants to the Front Door contractor if payment is needed while the application is pending.
To be eligible for a child care payment, a person must:
- file a written request;
- meet the income guidelines according to the family size (except employed TANF RPYs); and
- be in an approved work, training, or educational program that requires the person to be out of the home.
Before any child care payments may be made (including prospective payments), proof of a legal care arrangement must be obtained. The amount of child care approved is determined based on:
- the client's plan of participation;
- the provider's statement concerning the amount of child care that will be provided; and
- the copayment income guidelines.
See WAG 06-16-06 for payment calculations and rates.