Department of Human Services

Child Care Certificate Program Online Policy Manual

At-Risk Child Care for Child-Only Caretakers (ARCO)




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Part Year Employees


Employees who are paid on a 12-month basis, but only actually work for ten months of the year, must have a full-time activity during their “off” months to continue receiving child care assistance during those off months.  This policy also applies to those who work ten months and are paid on a ten-month basis (such as school systems, Head Start programs).


If the participant elects not to take part in full-time activities during the off months, the household will not be eligible for those months off.  They may restart child care assistance later as long as all eligibility factors are reestablished and funding remains available.




Self-employed individuals who claim either non-farm or farm self-employment must be able to demonstrate at least the equivalent of 30 or more hours of employment per week.


To determine how many hours a self-employed individual is working divide weekly income by the federal minimum wage.


AmeriCorps and VISTA


Participants in these programs are considered “full-time” by their program and do not have to meet the full 30-hour work requirement to receive needed child care assistance.



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