I just hired an employee who has a young child just shy of a year old. The infant counts in the ratios and takes up a spot in my program. The employee qualifies for subsidy, but was told that because she is employed by a family child care provider could not get subsidy for her infant, but could if she was employed by a center, is this information correct?
Our Administrative Rules R986-700-702 state: (9) CC will not be paid to a client for the care of his or her own child(ren) when the client is working in a residential setting. CC may be approved where the client is working for an approved child care center, regularly watches children other than her own, and does not have an ownership interest in the child care center. CC will not be paid to a client for the care of his or her own child(ren) if the client is a stockholder, officer, director, partner, manager or member of a corporation, partnership, limited liability partnership or company or similar legal entity providing the CC.
The subsidy is not intended for the parent to watch her own children. Generally, family child care does not have separate rooms and separate teachers for different age groups. While a parent may be performing other duties, the parent is present in the home and with her child throughout the day. This policy was put into place years ago as an internal control to prevent fraud and misuse of funds.