It is important to remember that families continue to be eligible to use child care subsidy benefits even when they lose their job during the 12 month eligibility period. We have received reports from around the state that families are being told they can no longer use child care during the Covid-19 pandemic if they aren’t working. This is not true. Allowing child care to continue during this time maintains consistency for children, reduces potential risk of child abuse, and allows children to continue to receive early education in the environment to which they are accustomed.
As always, families must meet a need factor at renewal (job search is not allowable at renewal.)
After staffing with your supervisor; please direct any questions to ChildCareSubsidy@okdhs.org.