AFS Special Procedures: COVID-19 Child Care Guidance

The following are guidelines for all Staff and Supervisors who administer the Child Care Subsidy program.

Current guidance through September 30, 2024.

1. Blended rate authorizations have been changed to a weekly rate.
School age children (who normally qualify for the blended rate) will continue to be approved with a weekly rate through September 2024. **Only children who would normally be coded with the blended rate should be coded with the weekly rate. This does not include children who are only eligible for part-time care**
2. Care may be approved at one-star centers without completing the exception process.
The edit in the system has been approved. You do not need to email the state office for approval.
3. Students impacted by Covid-19.
High school and college students attending classes through the spring 2024 semester:

High school students
High school students attending in-person, online or virtual classes are categorically eligible for a weekly (W5) rate. They may use full time care M-F regardless of class days/times/ Part-time college students enrolled in less than 12 hours of coursework are categorically eligible for 3 full time days per week (F14).

College students
Full-time college students enrolled in at least 12 hours of coursework, including self-paced, virtual, or in-person courses, are categorically eligible for a weekly (W5) rate. They may use full time care M-F regardless of class days/times. Part-time college students enrolled in less than 12 hours of coursework are categorically eligible for 3 full-time days per week (F14).


Reminder: You must obtain a copy of the class enrollment/schedule showing the degree program.


4. Reduced Copayments
OKDHS will cover 50% of family copayments from October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024. The EE screen and notices will reflect the correct copayment; there will be no manual calculation required on your part to arrive at the copayment amount.

COVID Extensions through September 2024

  • Add $5 per child, per day to subsidy rates based on attendance
  • Pay for additional absent days
  • Cover 50% of family copayments
  • Offer free child care for child care professionals (employees of child care provider)
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