Supportive Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
Individual Assessment and Child's Individualized Plan
Within 45 (calendar) days of enrollment in Supportive Child Care, the Supportive Child Care provider must complete an individual child assessment and child's individualized plan. The assessment must be based on information provided by the DCF social worker at the time of referral to Supportive Child Care, information gathered by the Supportive Child Care provider during the child's first weeks in care, and any other relevant information.
The assessment data must include, at minimum, information about the child's development and emotional adjustment and the Supportive Child Care provider's contact with the family. The child's individualized plan will serve as a blueprint for the Supportive Child Care provider's interactions with the child and family in upcoming weeks and months, and must identify the child's needs, the Supportive Child Care provider's goals for the child, and activities, services and referrals that the Supportive Child Care provider will make.
Post Placement Child Care Conference
Within 45 (calendar) days of enrollment in care, the family and the Supportive Child Care provider will meet to review the child's initial assessment and the child's individualized plan. The Supportive Child Care provider will discuss goals to be achieved during the next quarter as well as expectations regarding family involvement and parent participation in the Supportive Child Care program.
The Supportive Child Care provider will encourage the family to present documentation of their income at this time if the family has not previously done so. However income documentation is not a requirement of Supportive Child Care.
The Supportive Child Care provider will also begin to educate the family about the transitional nature of Supportive Child Care, and will discuss with the parent the options and criteria for continuing EEC subsidized child care once Supportive Child Care ends. 1
Depending upon the needs identified by the Supportive Child Care provider and the DCF social worker, the DCF social worker may or may not attend this meeting. The Supportive Child Care provider must provide a copy of the child's individualized plan to the DCF social worker. If the DCF social worker does not attend the meeting, the Supportive Child Care provider must contact the DCF social worker and provide information about:
- the outcome of the meeting, parent responsiveness, and individual goals for the child, if any are discussed;
- the relationship of the Supportive Child Care plan to the goals of the DCF service plan for the family;
- the DCF social worker's expectations regarding the nature and frequency of the Supportive Child Care provider's ongoing contact with the DCF; and
- DCF criteria for case closing and anticipated termination of Supportive Child Care services
1 Supportive Child Care ends upon completion of one year of Supportive Child Care services (unless an exception to continue is approved), when the DSS case closes, or when other circumstances impact the feasibility of continuing Supportive Child Care. (See policy P-EEC-Supportive-08: Case Management & Reauthorization and P-EEC-Supportive-09: Termination of Supportive Child Care & DCF Appeal Rights)
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: March 4, 2008.