Effective Date: 10/1/2018

Revision Dates: 7/1/05; 9/1/07; 4/1/08; 10/1/09; 04/01/11; 7/1/11; 7/1/12; 7/1/13; 7/1/14; 7/1/15; 11/09/15; 07/01/16, 07/01/17; 8/25/2017; 10/01/2017, 07/01/18,

Reference: 89 Ill. Adm. Code, Chapter IV, §50.110 (d); §50.230; §50.235

Cross Reference: 01.03.02 - Employment

Policy Statement:

A family is considered income eligible when the combined gross monthly base income (earned and unearned) of all family members is at or below the amounts listed below for the corresponding family size. In two-parent families, both incomes must be combined to determine eligibility. Two-parent families include those with 2 or more adults living in the home, such as the applicant and his or her spouse or parents of a common child in the home.

New applicants must fall below 185% of FPL to be income eligible for CCAP.

Existing cases being redetermined are eligible for a 12-month period with income up to 200% FPL.

Existing case being redetermined will be eligible for a 3-month Graduated Phase-out period with

income between 200% FPL and 85% SMI.

The family is no longer eligible for CCAP any time income exceeds 85% SMI.

Income Guideline

2018 FPL & SMI Comparison

Family Size 185% FPL 200% FPL 85%
2 2,538 2,744 4,159
3 3,204 3,464 5,138
4 3,870 4,184 6,117
5 4,536 4,904 7,095
6 5,202 5,624 8,074
7 5,868 6,344 8,257
8 6,534 7,064 8,441
9 7,200 7,784 8,624
10 7,866 8,504 8,808
11 8,532 USE 85% SMI 8,991
12 9,198 USE 85% SMI 9,175
13 9,864 USE 85% SMI 9,358
14 10,530 USE 85% SMI 9,542
15 11,196 USE 85% SMI 9,725
16 11,862 USE 85% SMI 9,909
17 12,528 USE 85% SMI 10,092
18 13,194 USE 85% SMI 10,276
19 13,860 USE 85% SMI 10,459
20 14,526 USE 85% SMI 10,643

To the extent resources permit, it is the intent of the Department to provide child care services to all applicants that meet the eligibility requirements set forth in this Section.

If it is necessary to limit participation to stay within the amounts appropriated or resources available to the Department for child care services, participation will be limited to the priority service groups specified by the Department below. Limitations in participation shall remain until such time as sufficient resources are available to serve all eligible applicants.

  1. Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families;
  2. Teen parents enrolled full-time in elementary, high school or GED classes to obtain a high school degree or its equivalent;
  3. Families with Special Needs children;
  4. Working families whose monthly incomes do not exceed 185% of the most current Federal Poverty Level for their family size;
  5. Families that are not recipients of TANF whose monthly incomes do not exceed 185% of the most current FPL for their family size that need child care assistance to participate in education and training activities.

Procedure:

In the event the Department must limit participation due to insufficient appropriations or available resources, determine income eligibility for Priority Service Group clients through documentation and where possible electronic verification using State databases. Verification must be maintained in the family eligibility records and case noted prior to approval for child care payments.

Follow the instructions in 01.02.04, Parent Income Calculation Worksheet to determine a family's combined gross monthly base income.

Cases that do not meet the criteria for the priority areas specified above must be denied using a Department defined denial reason.

Verification and Documentation Requirements for Priority Service Groups:

  1. Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families:
    1. Confirm if the family is receiving a TANF cash grant by referring to ACID Screen 1 Grant History.
    2. If there is a "Y" in the month you are determining eligibility, the case is considered TANF.
    3. Clients may also submit a current Responsibility and Service Plan - Form IL444-4003;
  1. Teen parents enrolled full-time in elementary, high school or GED classes to obtain a high school degree or its equivalent:
    1. Please refer to the procedures in 01.03.05 for documenting Teen Parents approved as a priority service group.
    2. If authorizing eligibility as a priority service group you must also obtain the two most recent and consecutive pay stubs, if employed. Please refer to 01.03.02 for those applicants who have not been employed long enough to have received two pay stubs;
  2. Families with Special Needs child(ren) - Working families applying as a priority service group are eligible if the Child(ren) meets the definition of special needs as defined by (CCAP) Policy. To satisfy this requirement, the following documentation must be obtained and included in the case record:
    1. If the child is 0 to 3 years of age and determined eligible for early intervention services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):
      1. The applicant must attach a copy of his/her current Individualized Family Service Plan from the Early Intervention provider,
      2. Provide the name of the Child and Family Connection providing case management services,
    2. If the child is 3 to 18 years of age and determined eligible for special education and related services under Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA):
      1. The Applicant must attach a copy of his/her child's most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) from the local school district, and/or
    3. If a child who is less than 13 years of age and who is eligible for services under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
      1. The applicant must attach a copy of his/her child's most recent Section 504 Accommodation Plan and must list the locations where the child is receiving services;
  1. Working families whose monthly incomes do not exceed 185% of the most current Federal Poverty Level for their family size:
    1. a.Verify employment in accordance with procedures in 01.03.02
    2. Approve an applicant only if the family's combined gross monthly base income does not exceed 185% of the current Federal Poverty Level;
  2. Families that are not recipients of TANF whose monthly incomes do not exceed 185% of the most current FPL for their family size that need child care assistance to participate in education and training activities:
    1. Verify the activity in accordance with procedures in 01.03.03.