01.02.01 - Income Guidelines, 2021-07-01

Effective Date: 7/24/20

Revision Dates: 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, 12/31/18, 07/01/19; 10/1/19, 7/1/20, 7/1/21

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.

Income for a new application must be at 200% or below of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for the family to be income eligible for CCAP.

Family income must be at or below 250% FPL for a family to receive another 12-month eligibility period at redetermination.

Existing case being redetermined will be eligible for a 3-month Graduated Phase-out period with family income above 250% FPL and does not exceed 85% State SMI.

When a family's countable income exceeds 85% of the State Medium Income (SMI), the case will be canceled 10 calendar days from the date of the termination notice sent to the family and provider(s).

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

Income Guideline

2020 FPL & SMI Comparison


Family Size 200% FPL 250% FPL 85% SMI
2 2,903 3,629 4,703
3 3,660 4,575 5,809
4 4,417 5,521 6,916
5 5,173 6,467 8,022
6 5,930 7,413 9,129
7 6.687 8,358 9,336
8 7,443 9,304 9,543
9 8,200 9,751 9,751

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 at the time.

If the countable income for a family is between 250% FPL and 85% SMI at the end of a 12-month eligibility period, and all eligibility factors are met, the family will be eligible for a 90-day Graduated Phase-out period which begins the first day of the new 12-month eligibility period. If the family request child-care assistance at any time after the graduated phase-out period, the request must be treated as a new application and have family income below 200% of the Federal Poverty level or less to qualify.

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

Documentation must be secured for all earned income and maintained in the family eligibility file prior to approval for child care payments as stated in policy 01.03.02.

Other non-exempt income (see policy 01.02.02) listed on the Child Care Application (IL444-3455) is self-certified by the applicant's signature and should be included in the family's income calculation.

All non-exempt income discovered by preforming searches to State systems and databases as directed by Subsidy Management should be included in the family's income calculation

All income must be documented in the CCMS case file with either proper pay documentation, screen prints of State systems or on the self-certified child care application.