The following scenarios will give examples of which unit types to approve for child care benefits based on the Appendix C-4-C.
- Joshua and Tammy visit the DHS office to complete an interview for child care subsidy benefits for their 1 year old son Seth. Both are employed as bank tellers. Joshua works morning shift from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Tammy works the evening shift from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They both work Monday through Friday and have weekends off. What unit type and number of units should be approved?
- In a two parent or two caretaker household, child care is only approved when both parents / caretakers are involved in an allowable activity at the same time. In this example, Joshua and Tammy’s work hours only overlap between 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. They both declare travel time of 15 minutes each way. Because the time needed for child care is 4 hours or less per day and 5 days a week the household is eligible for 23 part-time units per month.
- Mike and Mandy complete a phone interview for the child care application they turned in yesterday for their two daughters, Mindy age 3, and Melanie age 1. Mike is employed at a local foundation restoration business and works Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mandy works at a jewelry store in the mall Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mike and Mandy both request 10 minutes of travel time each way from the child care to their work locations. What unit type should be approved?
- Because Mike and Mandy’s schedules overlap from 8:50 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. (more than 4 hours per day) and the need for child care is 6 days a week, the appropriate unit type is 27 full-time units.
- Sally requests child care benefits for her 7 year old son Charlie. She completes a PS-1 and interviews in the county office. Sally is self-employed as a cosmetologist 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at a local beauty salon. Sally meets the minimum wage requirement. Charlie needs care from 2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on school days, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on school holidays. Charlie attends elementary school 9 months out of the year.
- A child age 4 years or older is considered school age for child care benefits. The blended unit type is approved when a school age child needs care Monday through Friday only, part-time on school days and full time on school holidays. Because Charlie’s school follows a traditional 9 month calendar, the appropriate unit type is blended traditional 23.