subsidy programs

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMS

Service Delivery Area: Child care must be provided, OR the parent must live, in the West Sonoma County Union High School District (including Sebastopol), in the Sonoma County portion of the Shoreline Unified School District or in the Kashia Rancheria School District.  Care may be provided in the setting of the parents’ choice, such as in a licensed or licensed-exempt center, licensed Family Child Care Home, or care in a license-exempt provider’s home that may be a friend or relative’s home.  These license-exempt providers may care for children of only one family at a time.

RCCS has programs/funding sources as described below. For more detailed information, please call RCCS.

Please note that the Family Child Care (CFCC) and the Alternative Payment (CAPP, C2AP, C3AP) funding sources have differing service delivery areas. It is important that you know which funding source applies to your case. You can find this information on your copy of your Child Care Certificate or ask your Case Manager.

CFCC: CALIFORNIA FAMILY CHILD CARE PROGRAM

Service Delivery Area: Child care must be provided in a licensed Family Child Care home contracted with RCCS’ Family Child Care program, in the West Sonoma County Union High School District, the Sonoma County portion of the Shoreline Unified School District or in the Kashia Rancheria School District, and including some RCCS licensed and contracted providers in Santa Rosa and other areas.

• Funding Source: California Department of Education, Child Development Division

• Funding Code: CFCC

• Child’s Age Limit: Unless rescinded, under age 13 or the child is identified as having exceptional needs and then under age 22.

The CFCC Program subsidizes child care services while eligible parents work, look for work, are in school or training at an accredited institution, are incapacitated and for families who are homeless.  Children who are referred for risk of child abuse and neglect (At-Risk) or are receiving Child Protective Services (CPS) may be served on a priority basis.

This program serves parents who qualify for child care subsidy in a licensed Family Child Care Home that is part of our Family Child Care Home Education Network and is monitored and receives services from RCCS’ child development resource specialists (CDRS).  Our network area varies depending on newly contracted providers.

The CDRS’ profile the development of each subsidized child in this program and assist the provider with plans and activities. A copy of the developmental profile for your child will be given or mailed to you. You will be contacted to schedule a parent conference with the CDRS and/or your provider twice per year. Parents are encouraged to discuss each child’s development with providers on a regular basis.

CAPP: CALIFORNIA ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT PROGRAM

The CAPP program subsidizes child care for eligible families while parents work, look for work or in school or training at an accredited institution. A family may also be eligible for services if the child is receiving Child Protective Services, the child is at risk of abuse or neglect, the parent is incapacitated or the family is seeking permanent housing (homeless).

• Funding Source: California Department of Education, Child Development Division

• Funding Code: CAPP

• Child’s Age Limit: Unless rescinded, under age 13, or the child is identified as having exceptional needs and then under age 22.

CALWORKS CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

The CalWORKs program serves families who are currently receiving TANF cash aid or who have received it within 24 months before being accepted into the program. The 24-month rule pertains to the date that the parent’s cash aid ended (not the children’s cash aid, as the children of some families may be receiving cash aid whilst their parents are excluded from the grant). The Sonoma County Department of Health and Human Services usually refers these families. Parents may receive child care services while they participate in an approved Welfare-to-Work activity. However, families with one child under two or two children under five years of age can now choose to be exempted from activities.  RCCS works with two stages of the CalWORKS program, Stages 2 and 3. The CalWORKs Child Care System is designed to continue services to eligible families without interruption. Regulations regarding approved hours, eligibility, countable adults in the home, etc., may differ between CalWORKS and RCCS.

• Funding Sources: Sonoma County Human Services Department (SCHSD)& California Department of Education, Child Development Division

• Funding Codes: C2AP/C3AP

• Child’s Age Limit: Under age 13 (under age 22 if the child has exceptional needs or is severely disabled)

• Service Delivery Area: As in CAPP above.

Eligibility:  Parents receiving TANF in Sonoma County and participating in an approved activity in Sonoma County, or a former TANF recipient who has received cash aid within the past 24 months.

NOTE: If you are eligible, there is no waiting for enrollment onto a CalWORKs program.

 

 

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