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4.3.12.15 BSF Portability Pool

ISSUE DATE: 10/2018

The Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) portability pool assists families who move from one county in which they were receiving BSF child care to another county which has a BSF waiting list. If a family was receiving BSF in the previous county, the family must notify the county they are moving from within 10 days of the move and must notify the new county within 60 days of the move in order to receive portability pool funding. See Chapter 8.12 (Moving Between Counties).

Unitary Residency period

The original county remains financially responsible for the family’s BSF child care for the unitary residency period of two full calendar months. A family who moves on or after the first day of a month is considered a participant in the original county for that month. The two calendar month period would start on the first day of the next month. See Chapter 8.12 (Moving Between Counties) for information regarding a second move after the initial move has been reported. If a family does not notify their new county within 60 days of the move, they are not eligible for portability pool funding.

Required actions by new county

When a family notifies the new county of a move:

  • · Determine if the family continues to meet income and eligibility criteria for BSF. As long as there has not been an interruption in eligibility, apply the 85 percent State Median Income (SMI) income exit criteria until redetermination.
  • - Note: If there has been an interruption in eligibility, for example, the family does not report the move until after 60 days, the family is not eligible for portability pool. The agency should treat the family as a new applicant.
  • · If the family is eligible for portability pool funding, add the family to the waiting list at the highest priority that applies, but no lower than the 3rd priority, effective the date of the move.
  • - Note: If at least one parent in the family is under age 21 and pursuing a high school or general equivalency diploma, the family will receive MFIP/DWP Child Care for Student Parents after the unitary residency period if eligibility requirements are met, rather than portability pool funding. See Chapter 8.1.18 (Subprogram Changes).
  • · If the family is not eligible for portability pool funding but the family would be eligible for BSF if funding were available, the family should be listed in the highest priority that applies, effective the date of contact to the new county. The family is not eligible to be listed in the 3rd priority.
  • · If the family is eligible for portability pool funding, continue BSF child care assistance for the lesser of:
  • - Six months funded through the portability pool (beginning at the end of the two full calendar months after the move)
  • OR
  • - Until the date your county has the funding necessary to provide regular BSF to the family.
  • Portability pool and students

    Allow students with post-secondary education plans to follow the education plan approved in the previous county. At redetermination, apply your agency’s criteria for education plans, as identified in your agency’s approved county and tribal child care fund plan.

    Portability pool period ending

    If the new county does not have funds available to continue BSF assistance at the end of the six-month portability pool period, end child care assistance. If funds become available after the family’s child care assistance has been terminated due to the end of the portability pool period, the family must be treated as a new applicant and must have a household income that meets the income requirements in Chapter 6 (Income Eligibility).

    Moves during portability pool

    If after an initial reported move, the family moves again to a new county while they are receiving portability pool funding and the new county has a BSF waiting list, the family continues to be eligible for portability pool funding through the original end date of their portability pool period or until the date the new county has the funding necessary to provide regular BSF to the family. The family is not eligible for a new six-month portability pool period.

    Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.03
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.05
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.09
    Minnesota Rules 3400.0060

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