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Chapter 19.5. CalWORKs and Child Care and Development Programs Subchapter 3. CalWORKs Stage 3 Child Care Program Article 2 Requirements and Procedures for Receiving CalWORKs Stage 3 Services Family Eligibility   

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(a) A family is eligible to receive CalWORKs Stage 3 child care services if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The family is and remains income eligible. A family is income eligible if the family's adjusted monthly income based upon the family size is at or below 75% of the state median income. Adjusted monthly income is the total countable income received by members of the family included in the family size determination minus verified child support payments paid by the parent whose child is receiving child care services. Except for child support payments paid by the parent, monthly income shall not be adjusted because of voluntary or involuntary deductions.

(A) When income fluctuations occur, the adjusted monthly income shall be computed by averaging the total adjusted monthly income received during the previous 12 months.

(B) For families that transfer from either Stage 1 or another Stage 2 contractor, the 12-month period shall be the 12 months immediately preceding the transfer.

(C) For all other families, the 12-month period shall be the 12 months immediately preceding the month of recertification.

(D) Total countable income does not include the following:

(i) Earnings of a child under the age of 18 years;

(ii) Loans, grants, and scholarships obtained under conditions that preclude their use for current living costs;

(iii) Grants or loans to students for educational purposes made or insured by a state or federal agency;

(iv) Allowances received for uniforms or other work required clothing, food, or shelter;

(v) Income that is used for business expenses for self-employed family members; or

(vi) The income of a recipient of federal supplemental security income and state supplemental program (SSI/SSP) benefits;

(2) The adult or minor teen parent is responsible for the care of the child needing child care; and

(3) The adult or minor teen parent is:

(A) A former CalWORKs cash aid recipient and is in his/her 24th month of eligibility for CalWORKs Stage 1 and/or 2 after leaving CalWORKs cash aid, or

(B) A diversion services recipient and is in his/her 24th month of eligibility for CalWORKs Stage 1 and/or 2 child care.

(b) If child care is reimbursed with state funds, the parent(s) and any other adult whose income is counted towards Stage 3 eligibility must each meet one of the following requirements:

(1) Be employed. If the parent(s) works in the home, the nature of the work must preclude the supervision of the parent's children;

(2) Be seeking employment, but not to exceed sixty working days in the fiscal year;

(3) Be participating in a job training and education program leading directly to a recognized trade, paraprofession, or profession;

(4) Be participating in job retention services as approved by the county welfare department; or

(5) Be incapacitated.

(c) If child care is reimbursed with federal funds:

(1) The parent must meet one of the following requirements:

(A) Be employed. If the parent works in the home, the nature of the work must preclude the supervision of the parent's children;

(B) Be seeking employment, but not to exceed sixty working days in the fiscal year;

(C) Be participating in a job training and education program leading directly to a recognized trade, paraprofession, or profession; or

(D) Be participating in job retention services as approved by the county welfare department.

(2) Any other adult whose income is counted towards Stage 3 eligibility must meet one of the requirements contained in Subsection (c)(1) or be incapacitated.

NOTE

Authority cited:

Education Code 8263

Reference:

Education Code 8350.5

8354

Welfare and Institutions Code 11323.2

(Amended By Register 2002, No. 11)