CHILD CARE MANUAL

2010.045.05 Budgeting Process

Determine household eligibility by subtracting approved medical insurance deductions, from monthly gross income. Refer to 2010.045.15 Deductions from Gross Income.

Monthly gross income means the average monthly amount of total income received by all members of the eligibility unit before deductions.  The total gross income should include income from all sources including, but not limited to: wages, adjusted gross income from self-employment, adjusted gross income from farm income, social security, dividends, interest, etc.

In determining the monthly income amounts from each income source, it is important to carefully evaluate the period of time the income is intended to cover. Convert income to a monthly amount when income is received on a less than monthly basis.  Multiply income received on a weekly basis by 4.333 to determine monthly income.  Multiply income received every two weeks by 2.166.  Multiply income received on a semi-monthly basis (twice a month) by two.

If the household income is below the income maximums listed on the income guidelines, the family is eligible.

New applicants and applicants who have had a break in eligibility:

If the household’s adjusted gross income exceeds the income maximums, the family is ineligible for Child Care Subsidy. Reject the application. Refer to 2005.010.30 Denying an Application.

Active Child Care EU’s reapplying for benefits:

If the eligibility unit’s adjusted gross income exceeds the income maximum, evaluate eligibility for Transitional Child Care (TCC). If the eligibility unit’s adjusted gross income exceeds the 215% TCC income maximum, the family is ineligible for Child Care Subsidy. If the eligibility unit’s adjusted gross income is between 139% and 175% of poverty, approve the application for Transitional Child Care Level A.  If the household’s adjusted gross income is between 176% and 215% of poverty, approve the application for Transitional Child Care Level B.