96. Can you get full-time care?

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TAFDC recipients and applicants. If you qualify for a subsidy as a TAFDC recipient or applicant, DTA will approve you for full-time care.

Families not receiving or applying for TAFDC. You qualify for full- time child care if the CCR&RA or contracted provider determines you need child care 25 or more hours a week. You qualify for part-time child care (up to 6 hours a day) if the CCR&RA or contracted provider determines you need child care for fewer than 25 hours a week.

The CCR&RA or contracted provider should

  • add the time for transportation you provide between the child care provider and your work or other activity provided you otherwise have a service need of at least 20 hours a week. This can increase your service need from part-time to full-time,
  • determine you have a full-time service need if you have 12 credit hours of college courses,
  • count 2.5 hours of service need for each hour of class in an education or training program or each college credit if less than 12, in order to allow for homework and study time. Department of Early Education and Care, Interim Income Eligible Child Care Financial Assistance Program Policies – October 1, 2023, Mass.gov/doc/interim-income-eligible-child-care-financial-assistance-program-policies-october-1-2023/download.

Advocacy Reminder

  • If the CCR&RA does not approve you for the hours you need, you can file a request for review with the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). You can appeal if EEC denies your request for review.
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