OEC20-08 EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY CHANGES IN ELIGIBILITY FOR CHILD CARE

Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 88
Jefferson City, Missouri

TO: ALL REGIONAL AND COUNTY CD AND FSD STAFF 

FROM:                        JOANIE ROGERS, INTERIM 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.

 

Job Search for Unemployed due to COVID-19

 

The eligibility time frame for low-income Missouri families who are unemployed due to COVID-19 to receive a temporary Child Care Subsidy benefit for job search has been extended. The time frame for this benefit is now only 60 days. The benefit is available for applications received through May 31, 2021. Families that apply must indicate they are unemployed due to COVID-19 and must agree that they are searching for work. This criteria will be verified by client statement and must be documented in FAMIS comments in both FM3Z/EUMEMROL and FMAC/CCNEED.

 

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.

 

Transitional Child Care eligibility for parents who have a valid need for care, meet all other eligibility requirements, and have an income from 139% to 215% of the federal poverty level (FPL) will be eligible to apply for transitional child care until December 31, 2021, without the requirement of a current active Child Care Subsidy case. Eligibility units who qualify would be eligible through December 31, 2021.

 

Income guidelines can be found here:

https://dssintranet.mo.gov/dss-childrens-division/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/07/Income-Eligibility-Guidelines_2020.xlsx

 

NECESSARY ACTION

 

Review this memorandum with all Children’s Division and Family Support Division staff.

Review revised Child Care Subsidy sections as indicated below.

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

Christina Lenger

573-522-3611

Christina.M.Lenger@dss.mo.gov

 

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM MANUAL REVISIONS

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