On October 1, 2018, Indiana will make a number of changes to the CCDF program. These updates are the result of new federal requirements. Many changes aim to make the program more family-friendly.
In Indiana, CCDF eligibility is changing due to new federal rules. These rules focus on creating policies that support families and ensure consistent care. As a CCDF family, these rules may impact services and outreach you receive. Overall, they make CCDF a more family-friendly experience.
CCDF co-payments can’t go up during one eligibility period.
Your CCDF co-payments may not be raised during the eligibility period (53 weeks).
Example: A family gets a new job making more money. Even with the increased income, CCDF co-payments do not go up during that eligibility period. So, the current co-pay stays the same until re-determination.
Services do not stop immediately at age 13.
Children turning 13 years old during the eligibility period can stay on the CCDF program through the end of the eligibility period.
Example: A family is approved for CCDF in June. Their child turns 13 in February of the next year. Though 13 years is the normal cut-off age for CCDF, the child continues to receive services until the eligibility period ends. So, the child is not immediately removed from the program after turning 13.
Excessive absences can result in CCDF services ending.
The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning can stop services due to excessive absences. Services can be stopped after attempts to contact a family for excessive unexplained absences and 60 days of non-swipe activity.
Example: A child is not swiped into their CCDF provider for several weeks. The Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning tries to contact the family. But the family does not respond. Then, the family can lose their CCDF services after 60 days.
Families changing their county of residence do not need to reapply.
If a family moves from one Indiana county to another within the eligibility period, the family does not need to reapply. They also do not need to have their eligibility re-determined. CCDF vouchers transfer to the new county and program when chosen.
Example: A family moves from Marion County to Hamilton County in November. They were determined eligible in June, prior to moving. To continue CCDF services, they reach out to their current intake agent or the intake agent in the new county to complete a county transfer.
Legally Licensed Exempt Providers (LLEP):
All programs must have documentation showing that they have met CCDF provider eligibility requirements. Additionally, these documents must be visible to parents. All legally licensed exempt providers (LLEPs), including registered ministries, schools, centers and homes, will receive a CCDF certificate. They should be displayed in their programs.
Example: A family attends an LLEP registered ministry. With this new rule, they can expect to see a certificate posted within their center. Prior to this new rule, LLEP providers did not have to post certificates.