Children are eligible for child care benefits from birth to the day before they turn 13.
There are some exceptions to this:
- When a child turns 13 during an eligibility period, care may be continued until the next renewal.
- Children with disabilities 13 years if age or older, who are not capable of self-care as age appropriate, may qualify for continued care until they turn 19 years of age. This must be verified by a statement from a licensed healthcare professional before care can be approved. A new statement must be provided annually. When a child with disabilities turns 19 in the middle of an eligibility period, care may be continued until the next renewal.
- A child under court supervision 13 years of age or older may qualify for child care benefits. A statement from a Child Welfare worker, a worker from the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or a court order must be provided before this can be approved. This must be updated annually.