Teen Parent Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
Number: P-EEC- TPCC-19
Programs contracted to provide Teen Parent Child Care (TPCC) services must accept and review applications from parents requesting TPCC services and must determine eligibility and fees for TPCC services, in accordance with EEC policy and enrollment priorities. Contracted programs must document the teen parent's eligibility as required by EEC policy. (See Policies P-EEC-TPCC-07, Application; P-EEC-TPCC-06, Enrollment Priorities; P-EEC-TPCC-04, Eligibility; and P-EEC-TPCC-08, Fee Assessment)
TPCC programs must provide child care in an environment that fosters each child's optimal growth and development, early learning, school readiness and family literacy. Daily programming must include individual and small group activities and encourage the development of appropriate socialization skills within a culturally appropriate environment.
TPCC providers must conduct a comprehensive assessment of the teen parent family's needs at intake and must update the assessment every six months thereafter. The comprehensive assessment must document the teen family's needs, and must be retained in each family's case record. (See Policies P-EEC-TPCC-09, Enrollment Responsibilities; and P-EEC-TPCC-13, Reassessment)
Coordination of Services
TPCC providers must identify and document community resources available to teen parents in order to coordinate services. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-09, Enrollment Responsibilities.)
TPCC providers must develop a written individual service plan for each teen parent family that addresses the needs identified in the family's comprehensive assessment. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-09, Enrollment Responsibilities.)
Teen Parent Child Care providers must provide or arrange for transportation between home, work and child care for children and parents in the program as needed. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-12, Transportation.)
On-going Case Management
Contracted providers are responsible for on going case management, which includes: coordinating necessary services to enrolled teens; documenting service delivery and parent participation in required program activities; and monitoring attendance. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-09, Enrollment Responsibilities.)
At each reassessment the TPCC program must evaluate whether the teen is currently eligible to continue TPCC services, and whether the teen parent will remain eligible for services until the next reassessment. Transition planning must occur at least six months prior to a planned termination, or at the time of termination when services end unexpectedly. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-14, Transition Planning.)
Reporting & Documentation Requirements
TPCC programs must submit to EEC monthly billing reports and monthly service delivery reports.
Further, TPCC programs must maintain documentation on site including: information regarding transportation services, social and mental health services, copies of each family's case records, and a comprehensive list and description of community resources.
TPCC programs must also report as required to the EEC Contract & Monitoring Coordinator teen parents' participation in program activities. Programs must meet all other reporting requirements that are incorporated into their EEC contract as a performance measure, or are otherwise required. (See Policy P-EEC-TPCC-16, Reporting and Documentation Requirements.)
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: March 18, 2003; Last reviewed: April 9, 2003.