PREVIOUS CHILD CARE MANUAL

1260.000.00 Hand-Up Pilot Program

CD14-12, OEC14-02 January 28, 2014

Section 208.053 RSMo established the “Low-Wage Trap Elimination Act” for the purpose of continuing Child Care Assistance for families receiving full (traditional) Child Care Assistance benefits after an increase in wages suddenly makes them ineligible to receive benefits.  This law requires the Children’s Division (CD) to establish a Hand-Up Pilot Program in at least one rural county and in an urban child care center serving at least three hundred families.

Family participation is voluntary and can be terminated by the family at any time.  Once participation is terminated by a family, however, that family is not eligible to participate in the Hand-Up Pilot Program again.