Recent updates to the Child Care Assistance Program:
September 29th, 2017
On Monday September 18, 2017, Governor Rauner announced that the Department of Human Services will broaden access to the CCAP by raising the income eligibility criteria from 162% to 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
This change restoring the maximum income level to 185% of FPL for all families requires the Department to amend its current Administrative Rules. The rule change has been filed. It will be published on October 13, 2017. However, the rule is effective October 1, 2017, so determination of eligibility for applications received on or after October 1, 2017, must be processed using 185% FPL.
Read the Governor's full statement here.
September 18th, 2017
Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday August 25, 2017, signed HB 3213 amending the Illinois Public Aid Code (305 ILCS 5/9A-11), to add as an intake priority service group families that are not recipients of benefits under Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF) program with incomes not exceeding 162% of the Federal Poverty Level that need child care assistance to participate in education and training activities.
Effectively, HB 3213 became Public Act 100-387 as of August 25, 2017 and allows families that are not recipients of TANF with incomes not exceeding 162% of the Federal Poverty level that need child care assistance to participate in education and training to apply to the program.
You can find this announcement on the IDHS website here.