Child Care Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness and Differential Payment Rates
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services issued this Local Commissioners Memorandum (LCM), 17 OCFS LCM-05: “Child Care Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness and Differential Payment Rates.” The LCM informs social services districts about recent changes to State regulations regarding the provision of child care services funded under the New York State Child Care Block Grant (NYSCCBG) and Title XX of the federal Social Security Act. The changes include:
- adding families experiencing homelessness as a priority population;
- adding certain families experiencing homelessness to the category of eligible families when districts have funds available;
- exempting families experiencing homelessness from contributing to the cost of care;
- providing an allowable grace period for children to attend child care programs;
- establishing a differential payment rate for child care services provided to a child experiencing homelessness;
- and amendments to the provisions for differential payment rates to child care providers who are accredited by a nationally recognized child care organization and/or provide care during nontraditional hours.