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Need for care


Determine when a parent or caretaker meets an approved need factor. When there are two parents or caretakers in the household, both must meet the need factor for a child to receive Child Care Subsidy.


The time you approve includes the days and hours needed to complete an approved need and reasonable travel time. When the parent or caretaker attends college or training, you may also approve activities outside of the classroom imposed by course or scholarship requirements. The amount of time you approve for care may be different in shared custody situations or when a child attends an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) and Oklahoma Early Childhood Program (OECP).


We do not approve care for the hours a child attends school or Head Start/Early Head State outside of the EHS-CCP or OECP exception. The need factor is not met when a mandatory care alternative is available or for non-qualifying activities.

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