Teen Parent Child Care Subsidy Policy Statement
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. The child care provider is responsible for the care and safety of children using transportation services, and for ensuring that transportation services meet EEC and Registry of Motor Vehicles regulatory requirements, regardless of whether such services are sub-contracted. All transportation staff must demonstrate sensitivity to the population being served and be trained in crisis management, the provider's transportation policies, and applicable regulatory requirements.
No child may be transported more than 45 minutes per trip.
Each Teen Parent Child Care provider must develop written transportation policies. Providers must also designate a specific staff person(s) who will be responsible for coordinating the transportation system, and addressing consumer concerns, complaints, or suggestions. Teen Parent Child Care providers must provide and discuss with the teen parent the provider's transportation policies, and inform the teen of staff contact person responsible for transportation.
Providers must include in their policies, at minimum, the following:
- procedures to be followed when children or parents are not ready for pick-up;
- procedures to be followed when parents are not available at the time of drop-off;
- the maximum time drivers will wait for unprepared families, or for the responsible adult at drop off;
- the amount of time professional staff will assume responsibility for trying to locate an absent parent or other emergency contacts prior to taking additional steps such as, after reasonable efforts, filing a 51A with the DSS Area Office or after hours hot line;
- possible consequences for misuse of transportation.
A parent's failure to comply with the program's transportation policies must be addressed with the parent and documented in the parent's program file. Continued failure to comply with transportation policies may result in suspension or termination of transportation services.
Teen Parent Child Care providers are required to monitor the effectiveness of their transportation program. Providers must maintain on site copies of transportation agreements and rates of reimbursement when services are sub-contracted, as well copies of the provider's transportation policies.
Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: March 18, 2003; Last reviewed: April 3, 2003.