Posted by ICCRR in News on 6/23/2020

Update to Child Care Assistance

June 23, 2020

Dear Child Care Providers,

Starting July 1, 2020, there are some important changes coming to the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program.

  1. The definition of ‘infant/toddler’ will be changing to include children up to three years old (currently it is up to two). This means that two-year-old children will now be included in the CCA ‘infant/toddler’ age group which has a higher maximum rate. Once the child turns three, they will move to the ‘preschool’ age group. 
  2. The Department of Human Services (DHS) is making changes to the CCA Plus program:
    • The 12-month eligibility limit for families is being eliminated. As long as family income remains below the monthly gross income limit, families may continue to remain eligible under the CCA Plus program.
    • Because the 12-month limit is being eliminated, the maximum monthly income limit for the program is changing to 225% of the federal poverty level (FPL) rather than 85% of the state median income (SMI).

Questions about provider payment rates and family eligibility levels can be directed to the Centralized Child Care Unit at 866-448-4605.

Ryan Page, M.C.J.
Child Care Regulatory Program Manager
Team Lead, Child Care Bureau
Division of Adult, Children & Family Services


The new income guidelines are in the DHS administrative rules here.


Tags: cca , guidance , dhs

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