Changes to the laws affecting the School Readiness program have prompted a change in some of our practices. These changes may have an impact on families currently enrolled in School Readiness. This document was prepared to answer frequently asked questions about the program. This is a supplement to Implementing Early Learning Legislation – HB 7165.
What are the major changes in the new law?
- Eligibility guidelines were changed. There is an increase in the number of at-risk families that are served and a decrease to those income eligible families.
- Tighter controls were implemented for purpose of care. We are responsible to ensure that all income eligible families receiving child care meet the rules for employment or school.
- The unemployment extension has increased from 30 to 60 days. If a family loses employment or is no longer enrolled in school child care may be extended up to 60 days.
Are these changes permanent?
- Yes, they are now law and will remain in effect unless the legislature changes the law.
Last year the Coalition enrolled a lot of children and now, you are not. Why?
- In 2012, the Coalition brought in services that enabled us to serve more families in 2013 from that one-time, cost savings.
Does this have anything to do with the recent federal government shutdown or sequestration?
- No. The changes are unrelated.
If child care is terminated because someone is no longer meeting purpose of care, what happens? Will they be reported for further investigation?
- It depends on the circumstances and is handled on a case-by-case basis.
If child care is terminated, can a family go on the waiting list?
- Only families who are eligible may go on the waiting list. See Single Point of Entry for those guidelines.
When will the Coalition open enrollment for income eligible families?
- This has yet to be determined at this time.
I still need child care. Where can I go for information and assistance?
- For assistance finding child care, families can go to Child Care Resource and Referral for help.
Is VPK affected?
- No. VPK is a totally separate program and is unaffected by changes to the School Readiness guidelines.