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Implications of Child Care and Development Block Grant reauthorization for state policies: Changes to requirements for ongoing eligibility

When a family qualifies for subsidized child care, that qualification is not open-ended; a family is certified to receive the subsidy for only a certain period of time, during which they must continue to meet eligibility criteria and are often required by States/Territories to report interim changes in circumstances. In most places, the redetermination period has usually been set at either 6 or 12 months, with families sometimes losing subsidies during the period due to changes in circumstances affecting their eligibility. The establishment of these policies was previously left up to the States and Territories. Now, the reauthorization of the legislation that governs federally-funded child care subsidies has put in place a national-level policy requiring redetermination periods of at least 12 months, with related rules covering situations when income increases or families experience other changes that affect eligibility. States and Territories will need to change their policies to meet the new federal requirements. (author abstract)
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