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Child Care Financial Assistance
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Summary of Changes to CCR&R Functions & Implementation Plan

On October 29, 2009 the Governor laid out a series of measures required to close a $600 million gap for the current fiscal year and exercised his authority to implement 9C cuts for FY2010. Included in these 9C cuts was a reduction in EEC’s Access Management account from $9.8 million to $6.4 million, thereby reducing funds for Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to perform information and referral and voucher management functions.

Due to the significant nature of this 9C cut, EEC has been working collaboratively with CCR&Rs and contracted providers to understand their related business practices on a more granular level in order to propose additional refinements to current their responsibilities while limiting disruption for children and families.

Preliminarily strategies for creating efficiencies include:
  • streamlining the voucher management process, by transferring a portion of this function to interested contracted providers (January 2010);
  • managing the waiting list for financial assistance at the EEC regional offices (as of December 11, 2009);
  • transferring a portion of data maintenance efforts from CCR&Rs to EEC’s regional offices (January 2010);
  • increasing IT capabilities to create efficiencies for contracted providers and CCR&R agencies (March 2010);
  • allowing CCR&Rs to extend vouchers for up to two additional months so that they can schedule and complete the reassessment process (change necessary due to reduced CCR&R staffing levels); parents must continue to notify CCR&R whenever there is a change in income, service need, residence or family size within two weeks of such a change (limited to November 20, 2009 - FY2010);
  • researching the ability to allow CCR&R agencies to transfer funds from professional development to access management contract lines (ongoing); and
  • soliciting efficiency proposals from CCR&Rs on creative ways to streamline the voucher management process (late November 2009).

Click here to view the complete Summary of Changes to CCR&R Functions and Implementation Plan.

Click here to view a memorandum which clarifies the policy change authorized by EEC to extend the voucher eligibility reassessment period.


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The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) helps eligible families pay for and access early education child care and out-of-school time programs. Due to limited funding eligible families may be placed on the EEC waiting list for financial assistance. The following policies and regulations govern EEC financial assistance for child care.

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