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Register February 2021 No. 782
Chapter DCF 201
DCF 201.01   Purpose and applicability.
DCF 201.02   Definitions.
DCF 201.03   Department powers and responsibilities.
DCF 201.034   Child care administrative agencies.
DCF 201.036   Eligibility.
DCF 201.037   Reporting requirements.
DCF 201.038   Child care providers.
DCF 201.039   Authorizations.
DCF 201.04   Payments and overpayments.
DCF 201.044   Incentive program for local fraud detection.
DCF 201.06   Establishing maximum rates.
DCF 201.065   Parent appeal rights.
DCF 201.07   Provider appeal rights.
DCF 201.08   Parent copayments.
Ch. DCF 201 Note Note: Sections HSS 55.70 to 55.77 as they existed on February 28, 1997 were repealed and a new chapter DWD 56 was created effective March 1, 1997. Chapter DWD 56 was renumbered to chapter DCF 201 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635.
DCF 201.01 DCF 201.01Purpose and applicability. This chapter provides standards and procedures for the administration of the child care subsidy program under ss. 49.155 and 227.11 (2) (a), Stats. This chapter applies to the department, child care administrative agencies, child care providers, and eligible parents.
DCF 201.01 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1997, No. 494, eff. 3-1-97; am. Register, November, 1999, No. 527, eff. 12-1-99; CR 02-104: am. Register March 2003 No. 567, eff. 4-1-03; EmR1015: emerg. am. eff. 5-17-10; CR 10-056: am. Register September 2010 No. 656, eff. 10-1-10; EmR1709: emerg. r. and recr. eff. 5-4-17; CR 17-033: r. and recr. Register January 2018 No. 745, eff. 2-1-18.
DCF 201.02 DCF 201.02Definitions. In this chapter:
DCF 201.02(1) (1) “ Account number” means a number that appears on a parent's EBT card and is linked to the parent's electronic child care subsidy.
DCF 201.02(1d) (1d)  “ Approved activity” means an activity specified under s. 49.155 (1m) (a), Stats.
DCF 201.02(1h) (1h)  “ Approved activity search period” means the 3-month eligibility period after the parent permanently ceases participation in any approved activity under s. 49.155 (1m) (a) (intro.), Stats.
DCF 201.02(1p) (1p)  “ Assistance group” means the individuals in a household that are included in determining eligibility for the child care subsidy program under s. DCF 201.036 (2).
DCF 201.02(1t) (1t)  “ Authorization” means written approval by a child care administrative agency for payment under the child care subsidy program for child care for a specific child, by a specific child care provider, for up to a specific number of hours, during a specific time period.
DCF 201.02(2m) (2m)“Certification agency" means the department in a county having a population of 750,000 or more; a county department of social services established under s. 46.22, Stats.; a county department of human services established under s. 46.23, Stats.; a tribal agency; or any agency that contracts with any of those entities to certify child care providers under s. 48.651, Stats.
DCF 201.02(3) (3)“Child care administrative agency" or “agency" means any of the following:
DCF 201.02(3)(a) (a) An agency that has a contract with the department to administer the child care subsidy program.
DCF 201.02(3)(b) (b) An agency that has a subcontract to administer the child care subsidy program with an agency that has a contract with the department.
DCF 201.02(3)(c) (c) In a county with a population of 750,000 or more, the department or the Milwaukee County enrollment services unit as provided in ss. 49.155 (3g) (a) and 49.825 (2) (b), Stats.
DCF 201.02(4) (4)“Child care funds" means funding for child care purposes under s. 49.155, Stats., excluding s. 49.155 (1d) and (1g), Stats.
DCF 201.02(5) (5)“Child care price” means the amount a child care provider charges for child care services.
DCF 201.02(6) (6)“Child care provider” or “provider” means a provider licensed under s. 48.65, Stats.; certified under s. 48.651, Stats.; established or contracted for under s. 120.13 (14), Stats.; or licensed or regulated in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, or Michigan.
DCF 201.02(6m) (6m)“Child care subsidy program” or “subsidy program” means the program under which the department issues payments to assist parents who are eligible under s. 49.155 (1m), Stats., with child care expenses.
DCF 201.02(7g) (7g)“Complies with the payment schedule" as used in s. 49.195 (3m) (h), Stats., means the debtor submits each payment due on an overpayment so that it is received by the department by the due date every month over the life of the debt.
DCF 201.02(7m) (7m)  “ Copayment” means an amount that is calculated by the department's automation system based on s. DCF 201.08 (1) (a) and (2) (bm) that reduces the amount of a parent's subsidy payment.
DCF 201.02 Note Note: See the definition of “parent's share” in s. DCF 201.02 (17e).
DCF 201.02(7r) (7r)“Debtor" means a person who is responsible for an overpayment under s. DCF 201.04 (5) (b) or a person who is liable under s. 49.155 (7m) (b), Stats.
DCF 201.02(8) (8)“Department" means the Wisconsin department of children and families.
DCF 201.02(9) (9) “ EBT card” means a card that allows a parent to electronically transfer the parent's child care subsidy to the parent's child care provider as payment for child care services.
DCF 201.02(9g) (9g)  “ Employability plan” means a written agreement used in the Wisconsin works program that includes the activities that a Wisconsin works program participant will engage in during a specified time period.
DCF 201.02(9r) (9r)  “ Employment plan” means a written agreement used in the food stamp employment and training program under s. 49.79 (9), Stats., that includes the activities that a program participant will engage in during a specified time period.
DCF 201.02(11) (11)  “ Federal poverty level” means the poverty guidelines that are established based on the number of individuals in a household and updated annually by the U.S. department of health and human services.
DCF 201.02(12) (12)“Foster parent” means a person licensed under s. 48.62 (1), Stats., or licensed by a tribal social services agency as a tribal placement home.
DCF 201.02(13) (13)“Gross income” means the income used in determining financial eligibility under s. 49.155 (1m) (c), Stats.
DCF 201.02(13m) (13m)  “Homeless” has the same meaning as “homeless children and youth” under 42 USC 11435 (2).
DCF 201.02 Note Note: This definition is included in Section 725 (2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
DCF 201.02(14) (14)“In-home provider" means a person caring for a child in the child's own home.
DCF 201.02(15) (15)“Kinship care relative” means a stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, first cousin, 2nd cousin, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, stepuncle, stepaunt, or any person of a preceding generation as denoted by the prefix of grand, great, or great-great, whether by blood, marriage, or legal adoption, or the spouse of any person listed in this subsection, even if the marriage is terminated by death or divorce.
DCF 201.02(15m) (15m)“Maximum rate” means the maximum rate that the department will use in calculating the amount of a payment under the child care subsidy program.
DCF 201.02(16) (16)“Nonmarital coparent" has the meaning given in s. 49.141 (1) (i), Stats.
DCF 201.02 Note Note: Section 49.141 (1) (i), Stats., provides “`Nonmarital coparent' means, with respect to an individual and a dependent child, a parent who is not married to the individual, resides with the dependent child and is either an adjudicated parent or a parent who has signed and filed with the state registrar under s. 69.15 (3) (b) 3. a statement acknowledging paternity."
DCF 201.02(16m) (16m)  “Nurse practitioner” has the same meaning as “advanced practice nurse” under s. N 8.02 (1).
DCF 201.02(17) (17)“Parent” means a custodial parent, foster parent, kinship care relative, guardian, legal custodian, subsidized guardian or interim caretaker under s. 48.623, Stats., or a person acting in place of a parent. “Parent” also includes the spouse or nonmarital coparent of a parent who resides in the same household as the parent.
DCF 201.02(17e) (17e)  “Parent's share” means the out-of-pocket cost of child care that a parent is responsible for paying to the child care provider, including any amount charged by the provider that exceeds the amount of the parent's subsidy payment.
DCF 201.02 Note Note: See the definition of “copayment” in s. DCF 201.02 (7m).
DCF 201.02(17m) (17m) “Personal identification number” means a confidential number that a parent uses with the parent's EBT card or account number to electronically access the parent's child care subsidy in a secure manner.
DCF 201.02(17s) (17s)  “Physician assistant” has the same meaning as in s. 448.01 (6), Stats.
DCF 201.02(18m) (18m) “Private pay parent” means a parent that does not pay a provider for child care with funds from the child care subsidy program.
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