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Employment Services Program Child Care - Massachusetts

Parents who are participating in the Employment Services Program of the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) may receive an Authorization for Child Care from DTA. The Authorization specifies the parentsí level of service need.

Parents will receive part time child care for approved activities of at least 20 hours, but less than 30 hours per week, and will receive full time care for approved activities of 30 hours per week or more.

Parents who are in their transitional year following their TAFDC case closure (coded as 2A or 2B) must work at least 20 hours per week or be involved in job search (for a maximum of 8 weeks) to continue receiving their child care subsidy. Hours in education or training may be added to the minimum 20 hours worked to determine service need.

After completion of their transitional year of work, former DTA clients may qualify for the subsidy using any of the approved service need categories: working, seeking work, education and training, incapacity of parent or disability of child.

Eligibility Determination

Eligibility for a child care subsidy through the employment services program is determined by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).

TAFDC Families

Parents receiving TAFDC benefits must obtain written child care authorization from DTA. The written child care authorization is sufficient documentation that the parent is eligible for a child care subsidy for each child included in the authorization.

Transitional Families

Parents who received TAFDC benefits within the 12 months prior to their application for a child care subsidy and who obtain a written child care authorization from DTA will have priority access to a child care subsidy, provided they continue to meet EEC eligibility guidelines. The written child care authorization is evidence of family relationship for all children included in the authorization. Parents must submit evidence of their income, service need, residence, and their relationship to children or dependent grandparents not included in the child care authorization.

Referral

DTA will refer parents with a written child care authorization to the local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R). Parents with DTA authorizations must contact the CCR&R to obtain either a voucher or a referral to a contracted child care slot, depending upon availability. The CCR&R will help the parents identify a Caregiver who can provide subsidized care.

Enrollment

Parents will enroll children directly at the Caregiverís child care site, in accordance with the procedures of the Caregiver.

Denial or Termination of Authorization

Parents whose child care authorization is denied or terminated by the Department of Transitional Assistance may pursue their grievance through the DTA Fair Hearing Process.

See also

Child Care - Overview - Massachusetts

Child Care - Program Types - Massachusetts

Child Care - Frequently Asked Questions - Massachusetts

Child Care - Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Definitions - Massachusetts

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&R) - Massachusetts

Source

102 CMR 10.00: Department of Early Education and Care, from PDF document (requires Adobe Acrobat) at:
http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs/sub_cc_regs.pdf

P-EEC-Income Eligible -03, Department of Early Education and Care, from PDF document (requires Adobe Acrobat) at:
http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs/IEServiceNeed.pdf


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