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).
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.
When a family notifies the new county of a move:
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.
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).
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.
Minnesota Statutes 119B.03
Minnesota Statutes 119B.05
Minnesota Statutes 119B.09
Minnesota Rules 3400.0060