Supportive Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
Number: P-EEC-Supportive-17

Supportive Child Care is a transitional service and is time-limited. 1 For that reason, transition planning must begin within 45 (calendar) days of the child's enrollment in care.

The Supportive Child Care provider will explain the possible options for child care and the costs, services, and eligibility criteria of each option.

At the post-placement conference the provider will discuss with the family the eligibility requirements of continuing EEC Financial Assistance and other options.

A family may continue EEC Financial Assistance at the time Supportive Child Care ends if:

  • the family meets service need criteria when Supportive Child Care terminates; 2 and
  • the family meets financial eligibility criteria when Supportive Child Care terminates. 3

Families who are receiving support from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) should be referred to DTA for a Child Care Referral to present to their local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency in order to obtain a voucher for child care.

If the child will be transitioned to another provider at the time of termination from Supportive Child Care, the Supportive Child Care provider will work with the child's parents and the new program to help ensure a smooth transition.

Each subsequent case review must include a discussion of transition planning, and an explanation of eligibility for continued EEC Financial assistance. 4

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 policy P-EEC-Supportive-09: Termination of Supportive Child Care & DSS Appeal Rights.)

2 See EEC Financial Assistance Policy Guide, Chapters 1 and 4.

3 See Supportive EMB FY 2008-01S.

4 Please note that there are three categories of families who are not placed on the EEC centralized waiting list in order to access EEC financial assistance: families with a DTA authorization for care, families with a DSS referral for care, and families who receive services through Community Partnerships for Children Inclusive Learning Environment (formerly known as Phase I). See EEC Financial Assistance Policy Guide, Chapter 2, Footnote 5. Families with a DSS referral for care who will continue to receive EEC financial assistance once supportive care ends are not placed on the EEC centralized waiting list.

Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care . Created: March 4, 2008.