When funds are not available:
· Perform a preliminary determination of eligibility based on family size, income, and authorized activity. If it appears that the family would be eligible, add the family to the waiting list. NOTE:
- Families who are temporarily ineligible at the time they make an assistance request or submit an application must be added to the waiting list if it appears that they will be eligible.
- Verifications are not required to complete a preliminary determination of eligibility.
· Determine the highest priority group for which the family qualifies. See Chapter 126.96.36.199 (BSF Priorities). Add the family to the appropriate priority group.
- The waiting list date is the date the family contacted the agency or the date agency received an application, or the date required for TYE and Portability Pool priority categories. See Chapter 188.8.131.52 (BSF Priorities).
· Inform the family of the priority group determination, number of families on the waiting list or an estimated time that they will spend on the waiting list before reaching the top.
Review and update the waiting list at least every six months. It is important to keep the list up-to-date, as it can affect your agency’s funding. Agencies must follow the waiting list review process identified in the agency’s county or tribal fund plan.
Serve families in the highest priority group before serving families in lower priority groups.
When funding becomes available:
· Go to the top of the list and determine the number of eligible families the funding will cover.
· If available funding will cover families receiving MFIP/DWP Child Care for Student Parents, Transition Year Extension, or Portability Pool child care subprograms while on the waiting list, approve a subprogram switch. Do not require a new application.
· If available funding will cover families not currently receiving CCAP, send the family an application and request required verifications. See Chapter 7.3 (Verifications – Initial application).
· If the family at the top of the list is temporarily ineligible for child care, leave the family at the top of the list of their priority group and serve the next family on the list. Check your county and tribal child care fund plan to see if your agency has established a different procedure for handling families who are temporarily ineligible and at the top of the waiting list.
Minnesota Statutes 119B.03
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