Department of Human Services

Child Care Certificate Program Online Policy Manual

Families First Child Care




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A FF participant has one of two options in handling the family’s child care expenses.  Either:


·        The child care assistance will be paid by DHS through a certificate; or


·        The FF participant may pay her own child care expenses and take a standard budget deduction for the cost of child care from her earnings to make her eligible for cash assistance.  The budget “disregard” is set at the following amounts per child:


-   $200.00 per month for children under two years of age.

-   $175.00 per month for children two years of age and older.


The disregard cannot be given in the same month that a child care subsidy payment is paid by a certificate.  A disregard is considered taken regardless if all a parent’s children were in care or not during the period.



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