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4.3.16 Head Start Full Day Integrated Child Care

ISSUE DATE: 02/2014

Head Start enrolled children are eligible for CCAP payments for child care hours outside of the Head Start hours. In some cases Head Start enrolled children may be eligible for full day CCAP payments that include the Head Start hours, when Head Start and Child Care programs operate a full day integrated model.

A Head Start and Child Care full day integrated program model may operate in a Head Start facility, a child care center, or a licensed family child care provider home that provides Head Start services for at least eight hours per day in one facility.

The Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Department of Education, has developed an approval process for full day Head Start Programs. Programs that operate a full day integrated model may submit the CCAP Integrated Full-Day Head Start Services Payment Application (PDF) (DHS-5776) to determine if they meet the criteria of operating a full day integrated model.

The programs that qualify for full day CCAP payment are kept on a list called programs that qualify (PDF) on the Child Care Assistance Program CountyLink page under the heading “Guidance available for CCAP Children enrolled in Head Start”. This list is kept up to date and available to counties so that county staff knows which payment principles to apply when authorizing care to a CCAP eligible child who is also enrolled in Head Start. See Chapter 9.9 (Determination of Payment Amounts)..

Steps to determine if a CCAP eligible child enrolled in Head Start is eligible for full day services

1.

Determine if the CCAP eligible child is also enrolled in Head Start. This may be based on information from the application, family or child care provider/program.

2.

Determine which hours the child attends the Head Start Program.

3.

Determine if the program is operating as an integrated full-day Head Start program:

A.

Check CountyLink child care assistance program resource page for a list of Head Start programs that are approved for full day CCAP payments and description of service models.

B.

If the program is on this list, CCAP payment is based on the hours that the child attends the program and meets CCAP eligibility requirements, including hours that the child attends Head Start.

C.

If the program is not on the list, CCAP payment is based on the hours that the child attends the program and meets CCAP eligibility requirements, minus the hours that the child attends Head Start.*

*If a Head Start program is not on the list but provides at least 8 hours of care per day, contact your CCAP technical liaison for assistance in determining which payment principles to apply.

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