Working to transform the child welfare system.

HB1574 adds a child who is homeless to the definition of eligible child for the purpose of the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.  Homeless is defined as, “without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence as set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento homeless assistance act….”

The bill also makes it clear that a homeless child shall be designated as a vulnerable population pursuant to federal codes (as of Jan. 1, 2019) in order to allow eligibility and 12 month authorization for Working Connections Child Care subsides.


Updated 2/27/19:

The substitute bill adds an Indian child as categorically eligible for the ECEAP and requires the DCYF to consult with tribal representatives to develop an agreed-upon definition of Indian child for the purposes of the ECEAP and adopt the definition in rule by July 1, 2020.