SB 5820 expands the definition of eligible child for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (E-CAP) to a child who is homeless. 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 ensures that a child who is homeless is designated as part of a vulnerable population pursuant to federal codes (as of Jan. 1, 2019), allowing eligibility and 12 month authorization for Working Connections Child Care subsidies.
*Companion to HB 1574*
Updated on 4.12.19:
- Removes language adding homeless children and Indian children as eligible children for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.
- Removes language adding Indian children as a vulnerable population to allow eligibility and 12-month authorizations for WCCC subsidies.
House Committee Amendments (updated 4.12.19):
The amended bill:
- Removes the requirement for the DCYF to designate homeless children as a vulnerable population pursuant to federal CCDF rules;
- Allows for WCCC program eligibility for homeless families with household incomes at or below 85 percent of the state median income;
- Requires the DCYF to allow homeless families a 12-month grace period in which to provide verification of employment or participation in approved program activities, or payment or payment plan arrangements for any outstanding copayment;
- Limits families receiving a homeless grace period authorization to those who have not received such an authorization in the 12 months prior to the month of application or reapplication;
- Requires, effective October 1, 2019, authorizations for the WCCC program for a minor parent meeting education requirements who has a household income at or below 85 percent of the SMI. The minor parent must be considered his or her own household for this purpose;
- Prohibits the DCYF from considering the availability of the other biological parent when authorizing care for minor parents or from requiring a copayment from a minor parent greater than the minimum copayment established in rule; and
Allows for the DCYF to designate children of minor parents as a vulnerable population pursuant to federal CCDF rules if necessary.