The family must pay a portion of their child care expense directly to the provider for all child care programs except for children meeting the definition of "special needs".
Case eligibility and the amount of the sliding fee paid by the household is determined by using the Child Care Sliding Fee Scale (IM-4CC). It is based on household size and adjusted gross monthly income. The amount of this required fee is deducted from the provider's rate or the geographic maximum whichever is less. Deduct this amount from the payment made per child either to the provider or to the family. The sliding fee varies by hours of care (full, half, and part day). Notify the household of all three sliding fee amounts.
If a family's only income is Temporary Assistance, or, if the total gross household income falls below 25% of the State Median Income Level, the household is required to pay $1 annually to meet the sliding fee requirement.
The Child Care payment system automatically deducts the $1.00 sliding fee from the household's first check. The anniversary date of this payment is set by the system and deducts the $1.00 on an annual basis. Although families in this category are only required to pay $1.00 annually to meet the sliding scale fee requirement, they may be required to pay a co-payment to the provider.
If a provider reports that a household failed to pay the sliding fee amount, verify the amount owed to the provider is the sliding fee amount, as opposed to a co-payment. If it is documented that the family has, in fact, failed to pay the sliding fee portion, complete an adverse action to close the EU. See FAMIS User Guide – Worker Initiated Closing. If the household pays or signs an agreement with the provider to pay the sliding fee amount, obtain documentation of the payment or agreement and consider the household eligible.