Yes. Transition Year Child Care pays for child care while you attend an approved education or training program. This includes GED classes, ESL classes, and college courses. You can get Child Care Assistance for hours that you are in class, doing internships or independent study, and traveling to and from school. For post-secondary students, you can also get Child Care Assistance for study time.
Yes. Transition Year Child Care will pay for child care while you look for work – if you tell your child care worker that you are looking for work. There are limits to how long you can get Child Care Assistance while looking for a job.
Transition Year Child Care is paid on a sliding scale, based on your family income. The sliding scale is the same as for MFIP Child Care. Like MFIP, if you use a child care provider who charges more than the state maximum, you must pay the difference. There usually is not any increased cost when you move from MFIP Child Care to Transition Child Care.
Families have to “recertify” for Child Care Assistance once every 12 months. But there are things that need to be reported when they happen. You can’t wait for recertification to report them.
You have 10 days to report changes in your:
address or residency
household members - If anyone leaves, or if there is someone new
Child Custody or visitation schedule
Citizenship or immigration status
Family status – like getting married or divorced or having children
Change in the child’s school or school schedule
Child care providers
A change in child care providers must be reported 15 days before the change.
There are also rules for reporting changes in income or your work or school schedule:
Income: Families have to report increases in their income that puts them over 85% of the State Median Income (SMI). The amount depends on family size. You can find the current chart at www.dhs.state.mn.us.
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You don’t have to report any other changes to your income. But, you might want to report if your income goes down because it could lower your Child Care Assistance copay.
Work and school schedules: You need to report if anyone stops working or going to school permanently. All other changes to work or school schedules only need to be reported by:
families who get Child Care Assistance for more than one child care provider per child
families who get Child Care Assistance from a legal non-licensed provider, like a family member or friend, and
families where a parent is employed by a DHS-licensed child care center or a high-risk Medicaid-enrolled provider.
For other families, an increase in a family's work or school hours can still be reported, and could result in an increase in the hours that are authorized for Child Care Assistance.
Minnesota has a Child Care Resource and Referral Network for every area in the state. You can get child care funds applications, lists of child care providers, and other help by calling the information line at 1 (888) 291-9811.