DCF 201.038(1)(b)1. 1. A child care provider that is participating in the department's quality rating system under ss. 48.659 and 49.155 (6) (e), Stats., who has received a 2-star rating or above or whose quality rating is pending.
DCF 201.038(1)(b)2. 2. An in-home provider or an out-of-state provider that has a signed child care subsidy participation contract in effect.
DCF 201.038 Note Note: For information on the department’s quality rating system or a Wisconsin Shares participation contract, contact the local Youngstar office. Contact information is available at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/program/localoffice.
DCF 201.038(1)(c) (c) Fingerprint background check. The provider is in compliance with the requirements in s. 48.685 (2) (a), Stats.
DCF 201.038(2) (2)electronic fund transfer. A provider shall complete the procedures necessary to receive payments by electronic fund transfer.
DCF 201.038(3) (3)Parental choice. A parent may choose any child care provider that meets the conditions in sub. (1).
DCF 201.038(4) (4)Price and rate. A parent may choose a child care provider with a child care price that is higher than the applicable maximum rate and pay the difference between the provider's child care price and the applicable maximum rate under s. DCF 201.06 in addition to any required copayment.
DCF 201.038(5) (5)Written payment agreement.
DCF 201.038(5)(a) (a) A provider shall enter into a written payment agreement with each parent that receives a child care subsidy for child care by the provider.
DCF 201.038(5)(b) (b) The written payment agreement between a provider and parent shall include all of the following:
DCF 201.038(5)(b)1. 1. The provider's monthly or weekly child care price.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)2. 2. The provider's days and hours of operation.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)3. 3. Any discounts or scholarships that are available to parents, and any discounts or scholarships that the parent is receiving.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)4. 4. The parent's payment schedule.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)5. 5. The provider's anticipated closure dates.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)6. 6. Payment expectations for the child's anticipated and unanticipated absences and the provider's closure dates.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)7. 7. Parent procedures for termination of a child's enrollment.
DCF 201.038(5)(b)8. 8. Provider procedures for termination of a child's enrollment.
DCF 201.038(5)(c) (c) A provider shall retain a copy of each current written payment agreement at the location where child care is provided.
DCF 201.038(5)(d) (d) A provider shall retain a copy of an expired written payment agreement for at least 3 years after the child's last day of attendance. The agreement shall be kept at a location where it can be made available to the department within 24 hours.
DCF 201.038 Note Note: DCF-F-5224, Provider/Parent Child Care Payment Agreement, is a voluntary form that a provider may use to comply with this subsection.
DCF 201.038(6) (6)Nondiscrimination. A provider may not charge a parent that receives a child care subsidy a higher child care price than a private pay parent is charged for a similar amount of child care, unless the difference is due to the children being in different age ranges under s. DCF 201.06 (1) (b) or a child's special needs under s. DCF 201.06 (7).
DCF 201.038(7) (7)Confidentiality. A provider may not do any of the following:
DCF 201.038(7)(a) (a) Require a parent to disclose the balance in the parent's child care subsidy account.
DCF 201.038(7)(b) (b) Require a parent to provide the parents EBT card, account number, or personal identification number to the provider.
DCF 201.038(7)(c) (c) Possess a photocopy, photo, or other image of a parent's EBT card.
DCF 201.038(7)(d) (d) Possess a parent's subsidy account number or personal identification number.
DCF 201.038(8) (8)Inactive assistance group. A child care provider shall notify the local child care administrative agency if the child of a parent who receives a child care subsidy has not attended within the previous 30 days.
DCF 201.038 History History: EmR1709: emerg. cr., eff. 5-4-17; CR 17-033: cr. Register January 2018 No. 745, eff. 2-1-18; EmR1801: emerg. cr. (5) to (8), eff. 3-11-18; CR 17-099: cr. (5) to (8) Register July 2018 No. 751, eff. 8-1-18;correction in (5) (d) made under s. 35.17, Stats., and correction in (6) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register July 2018 No. 751; CR 18-088: am. (8) (title) Register July 2019 No. 763, eff. 8-1-19; correction in (1) (c) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2020 No. 771.
DCF 201.039 DCF 201.039Authorizations.
DCF 201.039(1)(1)Assessment of child care needs.
DCF 201.039(1)(a)(a) Eligibility determination and redeterminations. Following a parent's initial eligibility determination and annual redeterminations, the child care administrative agency shall do all of the following:
DCF 201.039(1)(a)1. 1. Assess the assistance group's child care needs and determine the number of hours of child care for which the parent may receive a subsidy.
DCF 201.039(1)(a)2. 2. Issue a new authorization based on the assessment.
DCF 201.039(1)(b) (b) Duration of authorizations. When a child care administrative agency issues a new authorization or the agency extends an existing authorization, the end date of the authorization shall be the earlier of the following:
DCF 201.039(1)(b)1. 1. The date of an expected change that may affect the assistance group's child care needs during the parent's 12-month eligibility period.
DCF 201.039(1)(b)2. 2. The parent's next annual eligibility redetermination under s. DCF 201.036 (4).
DCF 201.039(1)(c) (c) Required new assessment and authorization during a parent's 12-month eligibility period. During a parent's 12-month eligibility period, the child care administrative agency shall assess an assistance group's child care needs and issue a new authorization based on the assessment at all of the following times:
DCF 201.039(1)(c)1. 1. When a 2nd parent or a minor who is the biological parent of the child becomes a member of the assistance group.
DCF 201.039(1)(c)2. 2. When the parent requests an authorization and one calendar month or more has passed since the parent's previous authorization ended.
DCF 201.039(1)(c)3. 3. When the assistance group's child care needs no longer align with the child care provider's hours of operation
DCF 201.039(1)(c)4. 4. When the parent changes child care providers.
DCF 201.039(1)(c)5. 5. When the school year begins for a school-aged child.
DCF 201.039(1)(c)6. 6. When a parent has reached the 24th month of the education time limit under s. 49.155 (1m) (a) 4. or 5., Stats.
DCF 201.039(2) (2)Parent. A parent shall inform the child care administrative agency of all of the following:
DCF 201.039(2)(a) (a) The child care provider that will care for the child.
DCF 201.039(2)(b) (b) The specific dates and times of the parent's schedule of approved activities under s. 49.155 (1m) (a), Stats.
DCF 201.039(2)(c) (c) Any other information requested by the agency regarding the assistance group's child care needs.
DCF 201.039(2g) (2g)   Continuity of care.
DCF 201.039(2g)(a)(a) A child care administrative agency shall take into consideration child learning and development and shall promote continuity of care when authorizing hours of child care. The child care administrative agency is not required to limit authorized hours based on a parent's schedule of approved activities or the number of hours the parent spends in those activities.
DCF 201.039(2g)(b) (b) During a parent's 12-month eligibility period, the child care administrative agency shall allow a parent to continue under the parent's most recent authorization, extend the parent's most recent authorization, or offer the parent an authorization for up to the same number of hours as the parent's previous authorization when any of the following changes begin:
DCF 201.039(2g)(b)1. 1. The parent is continuing to participate in an approved activity, but the number of hours that the assistance group needs child care is decreasing.
DCF 201.039(2g)(b)2. 2. The parent is beginning a temporary break.
DCF 201.039(2g)(b)3. 3. The parent is beginning an approved activity search period.
DCF 201.039(2g)(c) (c) A parent may not consecutively take a temporary break of 3 months and continue eligibility for an approved activity search period of 3 months.
DCF 201.039(2g)(d) (d) A parent that ceases participation in any approved activity during a temporary break may continue eligibility for the remainder of the 3-month temporary break period.
DCF 201.039(2r) (2r)   Excessive unexplained absences.
DCF 201.039(2r)(a) (a) If a child care provider notifies the child care administrative agency that a child has not attended child care within the previous 30 calendar days and the child's parent has not provided an explanation to the child care provider, the child care administrative agency shall make multiple attempts to contact the parent to determine if the assistance group's need for child care has changed.
DCF 201.039(2r)(b) (b) The child care administrative agency shall terminate the parent's authorization if the agency's efforts at contacting the parent are unsuccessful.
DCF 201.039(3) (3)Licensed provider prices. A child care administrative agency may refuse to authorize payment for child care services by a child care provider licensed under s. 48.65, Stats., if the provider refuses to submit documentation of the provider's child care prices in response to an agency request.
DCF 201.039(4) (4)Assistance group with more than one parent.
DCF 201.039(4)(a)(a) In an assistance group with more than one parent, each parent shall meet the eligibility criteria in s. 49.155 (1m), Stats., and s. DCF 201.036, unless the child care administrative agency verifies that a parent has a disability or health condition that makes that parent unable to participate in an approved activity and unable to provide the child care necessary for another parent to participate in an approved activity. The agency shall require the parent to provide documentation of the disability or health condition from a doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, psychiatrist, or psychologist.
DCF 201.039(4)(b) (b) When assessing an assistance group's child care needs, the child care administrative agency shall also consider the availability of a minor in the assistance group who is the biological parent of the child, unless the child care administrative agency verifies that the minor is unable to provide the necessary child care under par. (a).
DCF 201.039(5) (5)Care provided in a child's home. A child care administrative agency may authorize payment for child care services in a child's home only if the child care provider is certified under s. 48.651, Stats., and any of the following apply:
DCF 201.039(5)(a) (a) Care is provided to 3 or more children from the same assistance group.
DCF 201.039(5)(b) (b) Other licensed or certified care is not available within a reasonable geographic area.
DCF 201.039(5)(c) (c) Other licensed or certified care is not available during the hours when child care is needed, such as during second or third shift or weekend hours.
DCF 201.039(5)(d) (d) The child has a special need and child care is best provided in the child's home.
DCF 201.039(6) (6)No parents or household members. A child care administrative agency may not authorize payment for child care services by a provider who is a parent of the child or who resides with the child.
DCF 201.039(7) (7)Authorization criteria for a child care provider's child.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)(a) The department or a child care administrative agency may authorize payment for the care of a child whose parent is a child care provider only if the care will be provided by another child care provider and any of the following apply:
DCF 201.039(7)(a)1. 1. The care will allow the parent to participate in an approved activity under s. 49.155 (1m) (a), Stats., other than an activity related to child care.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)2. 2. The department or agency determines that assistance is appropriate because the child has a special need.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)3. 3. The parent is the child's foster parent.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)4. 4. The parent is the child's guardian or interim caretaker and is receiving subsidized guardianship payments under s. 48.623, Stats., for the care and maintenance of the child.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)5. 5. The parent is a kinship care relative receiving payments under s. 48.57 (3m) or (3n), Stats., and the child has been placed with the kinship care relative under a court order.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)6. 6. Both of the following apply:
DCF 201.039(7)(a)6.a. a. The child's biological parent is a dependent minor child under the age of 19 who attends high school or participates in a course of study meeting the standards established by the state superintendent of public instruction for the granting of a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation.
DCF 201.039(7)(a)6.b. b. The dependent minor parent and the child reside with a person who is considered the child's parent for the purposes of this chapter and who may be the dependent minor parent's custodial parent, kinship care relative, foster parent, or guardian or interim caretaker receiving a payment under s. 48.623, Stats., for the care and maintenance of the dependent minor parent.
DCF 201.039(7)(b) (b) If a parent who is a child care provider submits documentation of circumstances that meet the conditions of this subsection, the child care administrative agency shall consider the documentation to be an application for a waiver under s. 49.155 (3m) (d) 3., Stats.
DCF 201.039(8) (8)Employee of certified provider. A child care administrative agency may not authorize payment for child care services by a provider certified under s. 48.651, Stats., if the child's parent or a person who resides with the child is employed by the provider at the same location.
DCF 201.039(9) (9)maximum hours per day.
DCF 201.039(9)(a) (a) A child care administrative agency shall authorize no more than 12 hours of child care per day per child, unless the child's parent provides written documentation of work or transportation requirements that exceed 12 hours in a day.
DCF 201.039(9)(b) (b) A child care administrative agency may authorize more than 12 hours, but not more than 16 hours, of child care per day for a child whose parent has provided written documentation of work or transportation requirements that exceed 12 hours in a day.
DCF 201.039(10) (10)Authorization notice.
DCF 201.039(10)(a) (a) After a parent has provided all of the information required under sub. (2) and the child care administrative agency has completed the assessment of the assistance group's child care needs, the agency shall issue a written authorization notice to the parent approving payment for child care through the subsidy program based on the specific provisions in the notice.
DCF 201.039(10)(b) (b) An authorization notice shall specify the child who will receive the care, the child care provider, the location where the child care will be provided, the time period in which the child care will be provided, the number of hours of child care authorized per month, and the maximum subsidy payment amount per month.
DCF 201.039(10m) (10m)  Declaration of disaster. An authorization issued for child care for a specific provider at a specific location may remain effective at another provider that meets the conditions under s. DCF 201.038 (1) if the location identified in the authorization is within an area covered by a declaration of a state of emergency by the governor under s. 323.10, Stats., and is temporarily closed due to the state of emergency.
DCF 201.039(11) (11)Backdated start date.
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