Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

Child Care




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An Assistance Unit (AU) is eligible for TCC for 18 months beginning with the month after the Families First AU becomes ineligible.  This applies to all case closures, except:


·        Cases closed for non-cooperation with Child Support.


·        Cases closed due to the AU moving out of state.


·        Cases closed that have no eligible adult.


·        Cases closed that have no minor parent (EC) who has signed a PRP in the AU.


·        Cases approved for interim benefits and later found to have been ineligible for Families First.   


The caretaker is required to contribute to the cost of care by paying a weekly co-payment fee based on the family’s income and number in the household.  The child care income guidelines used to determine if a participant qualifies for TCC are based on 60% of the State Median Income.


Eligibility for Transitional Child Care (TCC) ends when:


·        The caretaker fails to pay required parent co-pay fees or to make acceptable payment arrangements.


·        The only child in the assistance unit leaves the home.


·        The caretaker fails to cooperate with child support requirements as determined by DHS.


·        The 18-month TCC eligibility period ends.


To qualify for TCC assistance, the AU’s caretaker must:


·        Have an eligible child.


·        Meet the 60% of the State Median Income guidelines.


·        Cooperate with child support requirements.


·        Meet a 30-hour per week work requirement with employment and/or education/training. 


-         Individuals who are employed but earning less than minimum wage will have their hours determined by dividing their gross income by the current minimum wage.


-         Individuals who are self-employed will have their hours determined by dividing their net self-employment monthly income (gross minus allowable expenses) by the minimum wage.


-         Individuals who are attending a post-secondary institution are not required to be full-time students for their education hours to be considered.


-         Post-secondary credit hours can make up any of the required 30 hours.  Study hours are included. 


-         Paid and unpaid work-study hours are countable.


-         Mandatory laboratory hours are countable.


-         Tutoring hours received or provided by the participant are countable. 


Teen parents who are in high school and are maintaining satisfactory grades and attendance have no additional requirements.


The At-Risk and At-Risk Child Only programs have the same qualification requirements as TCC.


The child care specialist will determine whether the employment and activity hourly requirements are being met by the participant.



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