Department of Human Services

Child Care Certificate Program Online Policy Manual

At-Risk Child Care for TCC Expirations (ACC)




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Part Year Employees


Employees who are paid on a 12-month basis, but only actually work for ten months of the year, must have a full-time activity during their “off” months to continue receiving child care assistance during those off months.  This policy also applies to those who work ten months and are paid on a ten-month basis (such as school systems, Head Start programs).


If the participant elects not to take part in full-time activities during the off months, they may re-start child care assistance later as long as all eligibility factors are re-established and funding remains available.




Self-employed individuals who claim either non-farm or farm self-employment must be able to demonstrate at least the equivalent of 30 or more hours of employment per week.


To determine how many hours a self-employed individual is working for ACC purposes, divide weekly income by the federal minimum wage.


AmeriCorps and VISTA


Participants in these programs are considered “full-time” by their program and do not have to meet the full 30-hour work requirement to receive needed child care assistance.


School Age Teen Parents


School age, non-emancipated teen parents residing at home or in a supervised residence must either be in school or in a GED preparation class during the school year, and maintain satisfactory grades and attendance.  These teen parents’ school attendance fulfills their work hour requirement.


Teen parents must be in a summer program to receive child care during the summer months.  Teen parents may work, attend full-time summer school, or volunteer to participate in state, county or faith-based funded self-improvement or training programs during the summer months and continue to receive child care assistance.  Programs that meet three or more days per week will qualify the teen parent for full-time child care.



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