HB 2670 supports the improvement of family unity, student outcomes, and the development of the future workforce by removing programmatic barriers and promoting coordination among programs for pregnant and parenting minors.
Program applicants under the age of 18 who are pregnant or have a dependent child or children are eligible to receive TANF regardless of the applicant’s income or available resources; they must be actively progressing towards meeting education requirements to be eligible.
If a minor parent lives with a parent or guardian who is not receiving assistance, their income may not be considered when determining the eligibility of the minor parent.
The minor parent who is attending high school or pursuing their GED will be eligible to receive working connections child care. Minor parents will also receive assistance and support to access various public services and programs.
By July 1, 2020, at the request of an eligible student, a school district may allow the student to transport their infant on a school bus or other transportation method provided by the district.
Subject to the availability of funds, 2670 also establishes a competitive grant application process through OSPI for school districts to establish a graduation, reality, and dual-role skills program (GRADS). By December 1, 2025, WSIPP will evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
The adopted substitute bill does the following:
-Excludes the income and resources of the other parent when determining eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in cases where a minor parent is living with their child's natural or adoptive parent or stepparent
-Adds an income limit of 85 percent of the state's median income when determining eligibility for Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) for a minor parent
-Replaces language excluding the employment status of the consumer and other biological parent from WCCC eligibility determinations with language excluding the availability of the other biological parent to provide care
-Removes the provision creating an assistance unit for minor parents at the Department of Social and Health Services
-Removes provisions relating to Graduation, Reality, and Dual-Role Skills (GRADS) program grants
-Amends finding and intent language
-As amended in Appropriations, provisions related to TANF are removed.