The following questions outline the process by which you determine if a child is income eligible.
Who is in the household?
You must determine who currently lives in the home and if their income counts toward Child Care eligibility. It is not possible to evaluate whether a child is income eligible prior to determining who is in the household. You must identify when a caretaker who is not legally and financially responsible, an adoptive child whose parent's income is exempt, a child who qualifies as predetermined eligible, a child who is working, or a child attending an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership or Oklahoma Early Childhood Program facility live in the household. The presence of these household members requires you to apply an income exemption to the Child Care benefit.
What income counts?
DHS divides income into earned, unearned, and excluded income. Earned income includes self-employment income. Each type of income has its own verification requirements. You must verify what type of income the household receives, determine into which category the household's income fits, and get the required verification. Child Care requires you to get the best available verification possible.
How do you determine monthly income?
DHS uses a household's monthly countable income to determine a household's eligibility for Child Care. When Policy does not exclude the income, the income is countable. You must determine a household's eligibility based on the income available and best available verification of the client's income for the current month and of future months.
What deductions does Child Care allow?
Child Care Subsidy only allows a household to deduct court-ordered child support from the household's countable income. The household member must pay child support to someone outside the household in order for the expense to be a countable deduction.
Does the household's income amount exceed the income standard?
After entering all countable household income and child support deductions—if applicable—into FACS, FACS compares the household's income to the appropriate income threshold on the Appendix C-4. The household must not exceed the income threshold at certification, renewal, or during the eligibility period.
What is the client's copayment?
The copayment is the amount the household is responsible for paying the child care provider each month. The household's countable income and family size determine the copayment amount based on the amounts listed on the Appendix C-4. For some families who are income eligible, the copayment is zero.