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Child Care Development Fund Forms

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the Child Care Voucher Program? The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal program that assists low‐income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in subsidizing child care costs so they can work, attend training, or continue education. The purpose of CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care. How do I know if I qualify for the program? Caregivers must meet at least one of the following criteria: be working, going to school, or obtain a current, completed referral from Department of Child Services (DCS), or obtain a current, completed referral from TANF/IMPACT. Parents must also meet income guidelines, have proof of identity for all family members, and be resident of the county in which they are applying for assistance. Child care assistance is available for children through the age of twelve, unless the child has special needs and can provide appropriate documentation. The child(ren) receiving assistance must be a U.S. Citizen or qualified legal alien. What are the income guidelines? Click on the link above to download the most recent income guidelines. Is there a waiting list? Yes, there- is currently a waiting list for child care voucher services in all counties. How can I be placed on the waiting list? Applications can be printed from the website below using the link above or call our office at 800-886-3952 to have an application mailed to you. How long will I be on the waiting list? It is difficult to say how long you will remain on the waiting list. It depends on federal funding, state priority status, and the date your waiting list application was completed. For these reasons, it is impossible for us to tell you your number on the waiting list because it could change day to day based on who applies and their priority status. What do you mean by “priority status?” The State of Indiana organized the waiting list by priorities. The priorities are as follows: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Protection Services (CPS), children with Special Needs (medically documented or with an IEP submitted), Homeless (homeless or living in a homeless or domestic violence shelter), and date of waiting list application. Is there a way to get on the program without being on the waiting list? The only way a parent can receive vouchers without going through the waitlist is by receiving a TANF/IMPACT referral from the Division of Family Resources. A parent must be a TANF/IMPACT client and must be deemed eligible for a referral by their IMPACT worker. How will I know when my name is pulled from the waitlist? CASY notifies families on the waiting list that they are eligible for enrollment by mail. Enrollments are by invitation only. It is very important that you contact us with any changes (address, phone number, household composition, employment or school status, etc) while you are on the waiting list. If you are invited and fail to contact our office to schedule an Open Enrollment appointment by the due date on the letter, your name will be purged from the waiting list and you will have to fill out a new waiting list application and start the process over. Periodically you will also receive notification by mail to update your information on the waiting list. Please make sure that you contact our office by the date requested on the letter. If you do not respond in time, your name will be purged from the waiting list and you will have to start the process over. What will I receive when my name is pulled for enrollment? You will receive an invitation letter from CASY with a deadline to contact our office to schedule a face-to-face Open Enrollment appointment. You will also receive a list of what you must bring to your appointment and a Provider Page that must be completed by a CCDF eligible provider. Please bring everything you receive in the letter along with the envelope. What can I expect at the enrollment? During your face-to-face enrollment appointment you will learn when your vouchers begin, how much subsidy you will receive, and how to use the vouchers. If you miss your Open Enrollment appointment or if do not have all required documentation from the Open Enrollment checklist and the Provider Page completed by a CCDF eligible provider you will be purged from the waiting list and you will have to start the process over. How do I know if my child care provider is a CCDF eligible provider? You can call the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) in your area at 800‐886‐3952 for providers in Clay, Greene, Montgomery, Monroe, Morgan. Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, or Vigo County. What other help is available while I am waiting? You can contact your local CCR&R (see above) agency for additional questions. You may also call 211 for more assistance information. Funded by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, Office of Early Childhood and Out of School Learning.

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