Department of Human Services

Child Care Certificate Program Online Policy Manual

Certificate Program Eligibility




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All applicants for child care assistance must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or a qualified alien lawfully admitted to the United States and meet Family Assistance eligibility requirements in order to receive child care assistance.


Illegal and ineligible aliens are not eligible for the child care assistance program.


Exception:  The child of an ineligible or illegal alien may be eligible for child care approved by the Department of Children’s Services in child protective services situations.


Individuals who are potentially eligible for Families First Child Care, Transitional Child Care (TCC), At-Risk Child Care (ACC), and At-Risk Child-Only Child Care (ARCO) have already had their citizenship/alien status verified in the process of applying for Families First benefits.  However, in some instances, a parent/caretaker may need to add an individual to their case who was not in the household at the time Families First eligibility was determined.  The verification process described below must be applied to those new household members.



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