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THE WHY

Requirement

Programs: CalWORKs Stage 1, 2 & 3

The intent of the legislature is that families experience no break in their child care services when transitioning between the Stage 1, 2 & 3.


THE HOW & WHAT

Strategies

Interpreting regulations & putting them into practice can be challenging. Below are strategies to ensure this component is met:

 

Stage 1

Stage 1 child care subsidies are available when families receiving CalWORKs cash-aid are participating in an activity approved by County Welfare Department.

Stage 1 families are transitioned into Stage 2 when one of the following qualifications are met:

  • Considered stable (6 months or less)

  • Working or approved activity is stable

  • Transitioning off CalWORKs cash aid

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Stage 2

Stage 2 child care subsidies are for current Adult Parent CalWORKs cash-aid recipients who are participating in an approved activity & for former adult CalWORKs cash-aid recipients who have received cash-aid within the last 24 months, are income eligible & have an approved need for services . Two "time clocks" must be kept:

  1. Transferred family will remain eligible & receive services for not less than 12 months from the transfer date (Note: 12-24 months for pilot programs)

  2. Once the parent stops receiving CalWORKs cash-aid, the family is limited to 24 months of child care subsidies in Stage 2.

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Stage 3

Stage 3 child care subsidies may begin after utilizing 24 months of Stage 2 services as long as the family is eligible & has a need for services (must transfer within the 24th month). Services in Stage 3 would start on the 1st day of the 25th month.

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