Child Care Services Guide - D-400: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Applicant Child Care

D-401: Eligibility for TANF Applicant Child Care

Workforce Development Boards (Boards) must be aware that a child is eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Applicant child care if the child's parent meets the following conditions:

  • Receives a referral from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to attend a Workforce Orientation for Applicants (WOA)
  • Locates employment or has increased earnings prior to TANF certification
  • Needs child care to accept or retain employment

- Rule Reference: §809.46(a)

Boards must be aware that to be initially eligible for TANF Applicant child care, a child's parent must be working in, and not have voluntarily terminated, paid employment of at least 25 hours a week within 30 days prior to receiving the referral from HHSC to attend a WOA, unless the voluntary termination was for good cause connected with the parent’s work.

- Rule Reference: §809.46(b)

D-401.a: Authorization for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Applicant Child Care Services

Boards must ensure that initial authorizations for TANF Applicant child care include the following information:

  • Eligibility start date
  • 12-month eligibility redetermination date
  • Child’s information
  • Care type to be authorized

D-401.b: Activity Interruptions for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Applicant Child Care

Boards must be aware that the requirement to work a minimum of 25 hours per week is only applicable at time of initial eligibility determination for TANF Applicant child care. Reductions in work hours that fall below 25 hours per week during the 12-month eligibility period constitute temporary changes in work, training or education participation and do not affect ongoing eligibility for child care services.

Boards must ensure that an Activity Interruption is entered into TWIST when a customer experiences a permanent cessation of work, training, or education. Child care must continue for three months or until the next scheduled eligibility redetermination if sooner. If the customer returns to any work, training, or education activity at any level, child care must continue for the duration of the customer’s 12-month eligibility period.

As described in D-801, Boards must ensure that temporary changes in work, training, or education participation do not affect a customer’s eligibility for child care services.

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Part A - Definitions

Part H - Consumer Education and Child Care Quality Activities

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