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
Interpreting regulations & putting them into practice can be challenging. Below are strategies to ensure this component is met:
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
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:
Transferred family will remain eligible & receive services for not less than 12 months from the transfer date (Note: 12-24 months for pilot programs)
Once the parent stops receiving CalWORKs cash-aid, the family is limited to 24 months of child care subsidies in Stage 2.