Supportive Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
Transportation between Supportive Child Care and home or school must be provided to children when it is determined necessary and appropriate by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) (formerly the Department of Social Services (DSS) social worker and his/her supervisor (in collaboration with the area child care coordinator when requested). The DCF social worker, with his/her supervisor, will assess the family's ability to transport the child to care and consider the potential gains of requiring the parent to provide transportation.
Potential benefits include reduction of the parent's social isolation and the opportunity for the parent to build connections on a daily basis with the child's program.
Barriers to be considered are:
- whether the family's clinical issues will prevent them from transporting the child to care
- whether the family has a working automobile
- the availability of public transportation
- the distance between the child's home and child care program
- the family's work schedule or location
- whether the local schools will transport the child to care one way (if school age)
When appropriate, the DCF worker, with his/her supervisor and the DCF area child care coordinator, will authorize the Supportive Child Care program to provide transportation for the child by indicating the need on the DCF Authorization for Supportive Child Care form.
The Supportive Child Care provider must provide or arrange for transportation for every child for whom it is authorized living within 45 minutes of the program when the child resides within the provider's transportation service area as defined in the contractor's RFR response. (See policy P-EEC- Supportive - 14: Delivery of Transportation.)
When transportation is appropriate for the family, the DCF social worker must also discuss the family's responsibility to have children ready for pick up and their responsibility to be present at drop off.
Since transportation services for most families may not be available to children once they have transitioned out of Supportive Child Care, the family's ability to assume responsibility for transportation must be assessed every six months and encouraged by the DCF social worker. The family's need for transportation services must be reviewed quarterly at each Progress Supervisory Review or every six months at a Foster Care Review.
As the family makes progress toward reaching their service plan goals they may be able to assume responsibility for some, if not all, of the transportation needed. When it is appropriate, the DCF social worker with his/her supervisor and the DCF area child care coordinator will terminate the authorization for transportation services, and notify the Supportive Child Care provider that the parents will assume some or all of the responsibility for transporting the child.
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care . Created: October 25, 2002.