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Teen Parent Child Care Services - Massachusetts

Teen parents are eligible to receive subsidized child care through the Teen Parent Child Care Services program, provided they meet the requirements below.

Teen Parent Child Care services are designed to provide educational and developmental activities for children, facilitate development of the teen parentís parenting and career skills, and promote the teenís successful completion of high school, or high school equivalency programs. Programs also provide child care and support services to teen parents who have completed high school or high school equivalency programs and are participating in higher education, job /career training programs or employment. Pregnant teens may also apply to receive support services based on funding availability.

Teen Parent Child Care programs provide teen parents with support to help them to remain in school, increase their training or employment opportunities, decrease the likelihood of repeat teen pregnancies, and minimize the risk that they or their children will be abused or neglected. In doing so, Teen Parent Child Care providers offer high quality child care, educational and developmental activities for children, transportation, case management, and social services for children and their teen parents. Programs provide support groups or individual counseling that focus on meeting a variety of needs, such as life skills training, career planning, and education about the health and nutritional needs of teens and their children.

Eligibility

Teen parents must be authorized by DTA or meet the income, service need and age requirements specified below. Teens with an open protective case with DSS are eligible when they meet the income, service need and age requirements specified below.

Income Requirements

Teen parents must be authorized by DTA or must meet the financial eligibility requirements of the Income Eligible Child Care Program.

Service Need Requirements

Teen parents must be authorized by DTA or must be participating in a full time high school program or a high school equivalency (GED) program, or must have received a GED or high school diploma and be participating in an approved higher education, training, and/or work activity.

Age Requirements

Children are eligible for child care services through the Teen Parent Child Care Services program from birth through school age. Teens in their third trimester of pregnancy and teen parents are eligible to participate in the Teen Parent Child Care Services program until they reach their 20th birthday. Enrolled teens who turn twenty may continue through the completion of their service need activity.

Application

Teen parents may apply for child care subsidies at a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R), a program contracted to provide Teen Parent Child Care services, a local DTA office, or any other location authorized by OCCS. At the time of application and at each subsequent redetermination the parents must complete a child care application and fee agreement, and must submit documentation that verifies their income, service need, residence and family relationships. If a teen parent has a current child care authorization from DTA, the authorization is sufficient documentation of their income and service need.

Referral or Enrollment

Based on availability, parents who are determined eligible will be referred to and/or enrolled in a program contracted to provide Teen Parent Child Care services.

Participation Requirements

Teens must participate at least eight hours per month in structured social service support activities through the Teen Parent Child Care Services program unless they are receiving equivalent services from other sources.

Teens must participate in child care activities in their childís classroom or family child care home at least one hour each month.

Teen parents receiving Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children must comply with all TAFDC requirements.

Waitlist

Parents who cannot be enrolled in a Teen Parent Child Care Services program due to a lack of available funding will be placed on a child care subsidy waitlist.

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-TPCC-01, Department of Early Education and Care, from PDF document (requires Adobe Acrobat) at:
http://www.eec.state.ma.us/docs/TPIntroduction.pdf


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