Effective Date:  07/10/08
Reference:  None
Cross Reference:  01.03.01 - Two Parent Households; 01.04.02 - School Age Children


Policy Statement:

None

Procedures:

If a parent works full time (defined as 5 hours or more) during the third shift (defined as the hours from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) care may be authorized during daytime hours in order to sleep if all other income and eligibility requirements are met. The amount of additional eligibility to approve for these cases is based on the parent's need to sleep during daytime hours in order to remain employed and is subject to the following guidelines:

  1. The child for whom care is requested must be age 6 or under (except during the summer or school breaks).
  2. Care can be authorized only on days that follow an over-night work schedule.
  3. Care shall not be authorized during the hours the child is in school or is home schooled.
  4. Care shall not be authorized for a two-parent household when the other parent is available to care for the child (refer to policy 01.03.01 - Two Parent Household).

If a parent requests care for sleep but does not request care to work, staff must determine if the second parent is in the home and provides care during work hours. Resolve conflicting information before the case is approved.

The number of hours approved for sleep time varies from case to case but shall not exceed 8 hours.

Households where both parents work outside the home at different times shall be required to arrange their schedules, including sleep time, in a manner that maximizes each parent's availability to provide care.

Following are examples of requests for sleep time that MAY be approved:

Example 1:

Single parent, pre-school age child.
Work Schedule: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday) Travel time: 15 minutes each way

The child care options are:

  • Two full time providers; one for work/travel and one for sleep
  • One provider for one full time day (up to 12 hours) and one part time day (less than 5 hours)
  • Two providers; one for full time (up to 12 hours) care and one for part time (less than 5 hours)

Example 2:

Single parent, school age child
Work Schedule: 12:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday) Travel time: 30 minutes each way

The child care options during the school year are:

  • One full time provider for work/travel
  • Sleep time may not be authorized, because the child is in school and the parent can sleep during that time

The child care options during summer and school breaks are:

  • Two full time providers; one for work/travel and one for sleep
  • One provider for one full time day (up to 12 hours) and one part time day (less than 5 hours)
  • Two providers; one for full time (up to 12 hours) and one for part time (less than 5 hours)

Example 3:

Single parent, pre-school age child
Work Schedule: 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday) Travel time: 45 minutes each way

The child care options are:

  • One provider for one full time day (6 1/2 hours for work/travel and 5 1/2 hours for sleep equals a full time day of 12 hours)
  • One provider for one full time day (up to 12 hours) and one part time day (less than 5 hours) 
  • Two providers; one for a full time day and the other for a part time day

Example 4:

Two-parent household, 3 school age children
Mother's hours of employment - 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. 3 nights per week (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Father's hours of employment -  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Travel Time: Each parent travels 15 minutes each way.

Care shall not be authorized during mom's work hours because father is available to provide care.

Care may be authorized on days after mother works when father is not available due to employment.

The child care options are:

  • Not eligible for sleep time during school year.
  • One full time provider on Monday only when school is not in session

Following are examples of requests for sleep time that SHOULD NOT be approved:

Example 5:

Single parent, pre-school child
Work Schedule: 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday) Travel time: 15 minutes each way

The child care option is:

  • One part-time provider for employment. Sleep time shall not be authorized, because the parent does not work five or more hours during the third shift.

Example 6:

Two parent family, 2 pre-school children
Father's work schedule: 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
Mother's work schedule:  6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Travel time: 15 minutes each way for each parent.

Only part time care shall be authorized during the overlapping time when mother leaves for work and before father gets home. Sleep time shall not be authorized; because the father may sleep when mother arrives home from work at 2:45 p.m.

Example 7:

Single parent family, school age child
Work Schedule: 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
Travel time: 20 minutes each way

Grandmother lives in the home and cares for the child while the parent works. Grandmother home-schools the child during the day. Parent requests that Grandmother be paid to care for the child during the day while parent sleeps.

The request for sleep time must be denied, because care may not be authorized for any service for which such students receive academic credit toward graduation or for any instructional services that supplant or duplicate the academic program of any public or private school. (See Policy 01.04.02)

Example 8:

Single parent family, pre-school age child
Work Schedule: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
Travel Time: 9 minutes each way.

The parent requested care from 6:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. so she could sleep. However, the parent attends a class at the college at 10:00 a.m. This parent is not eligible to receive care for education because of a low GPA. The request for sleep time was denied, because the parent was not sleeping and not eligible for education/training program.

Example 9:

Single female parent family, two pre-school age children
Work schedule: 11:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
Travel time: 30 minutes each way

Upon review, it was determined that the case is an 06 case with a MO/FA code of 13/29 on ACID Screen 3 (PEOPLE) for each child needing care. Both codes (13 and 29) indicate that the parent is in the home. Code 29 indicates that paternity was established in the local office, and the father is in the home. At this point it is unclear if sleep time should be authorized.  Staff must request more information on the father to determine if he is employed or if he is available to provide care while mother sleeps.

Example 10:

Two-parent family, pre-school age child
Father's work schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; travel time 10 minutes each way
Mother's work schedule: 10:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.; travel time 13 minutes each way

The parent requested care while mother works so father could have a "good night's sleep".  This request was denied.  However, if requested, the mother could have been authorized for a part time day of care to sleep since the father would be available to provide care for part of the time.  A part time day would allow the mother to sleep either immediately after her work shift or immediately before her work shift.