OEC 20-05 COVID-19 Temporary School Age Authorizations

FROM:  JOANIE ROGERS, INTERIM DIRECTOR CHILDREN’S DIVISION

                KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION

SUBJECT:  CHILD CARE AUTHORIZATIONS FOR CHILDREN NOT ATTENDING SCHOOL IN PERSON

 

The Coronavirus, Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allows for temporary changes to child care authorizations for Child Care Subsidy eligible families. The following temporary change will be in effect September 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020:

Currently, during the school year, school age children may be authorized up to 5 fulltime day units of care, to allow for typical days school would not be in session and part or half time day units of care as needed, based on the parent’s need for care.

The temporary change allows school age children to be authorized up to 23 fulltime day units of care, for children not attending school in person. Children who will be attending child care during the school day while parents are participating in a valid need may be authorized for full time day units based on the parent’s valid need.

School age children authorized for half and part time daytime units of care recently had the authorization changed to reflect full time day units for the same number of units. The authorizations will be effective September 1, 2020 through the eligibility period or until December 31, 2020, whichever date is later. Authorizations that are in effect after December 31, 2020, will reflect the original authorization based on the actual verified need.

Benefit Program Technicians (Eligibility Specialists) will authorize new child care participants for full time day units for the number of day units needed, based on the number of days in care, not the number of hours in care. This temporary benefit is in effective until December 31, 2020. The authorizations for the full time day units for the school age children will end December 31, 2020 and a new authorization block or blocks must be entered based on the actual verified need. All new authorizations must be authorized for the entire 12 month eligibility period.

 

NECESSARY ACTION

    1. Review this memorandum with all Children’s Division and Family Support Division staff.
    2. Review revised Child Care Subsidy sections as indicated below.
    3. All questions should be cleared through normal supervisory channels and directed to:

PDS/MAS II Contact

Sharon Barsby

573-751-2037

Sharon.Barsby@dss.mo.gov

Program Manager

Marianne A Dawson

573-751-6793

Marianne.A.Dawson@dss.mo.gov

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM MANUAL REVISIONS

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FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS

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REFERENCE DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

 

RELATED STATUTE

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OEC20-04 EXTENTSION OF TEMPORARY CHANGES IN ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE

 

FROM:                      DAVID WOOD, DIRECTOR CHILDREN’S DIVISION

                                  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR, FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION

 

SUBJECT:                EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY CHANGES IN ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Child Care Plan allows for temporary changes in eligibility for Child Care Subsidy. Eligibility for the temporary changes that were effective May 1, 2020, has been extended.

Families were eligible to receive a temporary Child Care Subsidy benefit for 90 days of job search. The benefit was available for application through August 31, 2020. DSS is pleased to announce the application for a temporary Child Care Subsidy benefit for families that are unemployed is available through September 30, 2020. Families that apply and qualify would receive 90 days of work search, as long as they apply by September 30, 2020. Families must indicate on their application that they are unemployed due to Covid-19 and must agree that they are continuing to search for employment.

In FAMIS, the Child Care Need (FMAC/CCNEED) screen requires each parent in the eligibility unit to have the COVID-19 Job Search (CJS) code entered as the reason for need. Client statement will be accepted as verification.

Families are also eligible to receive Transitional Child Care (TCC) without first being eligible for traditional child care. Previously, a family applying for Child Care Subsidy as a new applicant between May 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020, could be eligible for TCC when their adjusted gross income was between 139% and 215% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This temporary benefit has now been extended to be available to families May 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. Families receiving this temporary benefit will need to reapply for Child Care Subsidy prior to November 1, 2020, to be considered for eligibility after the temporary benefit expires October 31, 2020

 

NECESSARY ACTION

    1. Review this memorandum with all Children’s Division and Family Support Division staff.
    2. 2.Review revised Child Care Subsidy sections as indicated below.
    3. All questions should be cleared through normal supervisory channels and directed to:

 

PDS/MAS II Contact

Sharon Barsby

573-751-2037

Sharon.Barsby@dss.mo.gov

Program Manager

Marianne A Dawson

573-751-6793

Marianne.A.Dawson@dss.mo.gov

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM MANUAL REVISIONS

FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONSN/A

REFERENCE DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES 

RELATED STATUTE

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