State of Iowa Child Care Assistance (CCA) Program
- What's Available?
Child Care Assistance (CCA) is available to the children of income-eligible parents who are employed or participating in an approvable academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities. Assistance may also be available for a limited period of time to the children of a parent looking for employment or when the parent who normally cares for the child is unable to do so due to hospitalization, or outpatient treatment for physical or mental illness.
Child care services are provided to people participating in activities approved under the PROMISE JOBS program and people who receive Family Investment Program (FIP) assistance if there is a need for child care services. PROMISE JOBS staff administer Child Care Assistance for child care needed to participate in PROMISE JOBS activities.
- Who Can Get Help?
You may get help from the Child Care Assistance program if you:
- Have a child who needs care who is under the age of 13 (or under the age of 19 if the child has special needs).
- Are a member of a Family Investment Program (FIP) participant household.
If you're not a Family Investment Program participant, you may qualify for the CCA program if you:
- Have a child who needs care who is under the age of 13 (or under the age of 19 if the child has special needs) and have income under the program's limits and work an average of 28 hours per week; or
- Attend an approvable training or education program full-time; or
- Working and attending training for a total of at least 28 hours per week; or
- Are looking for work; or
- Are unable to provide care because of an approved medical reason.
- Income Eligibility Levels (based on monthly gross income
1 member in family: Basic Care $1,467, Special Needs Care $2,024
2 members in family: Basic Care $1,989, Special Needs Care $2,744
3 members in family: Basic Care $2,511, Special Needs Care $3,464
4 members in family: Basic Care $3,033, Special Needs Care $4,184
5 members in family: Basic Care $3,555, Special Needs Care $4,904
6 members in family: Basic Care $4,077, Special Needs Care $5,624
7 members in family: Basic Care $4,599, Special Needs Care $6,344
8 members in family: Basic Care $5,121, Special Needs Care $7,064
9 members in family: Basic Care $5,643, Special Needs Care $7,784
- How To Apply
To receive child care assistance you must fill out an application form. See links below. Applications for child care assistance for families living in Johnson County can be mailed or delivered to the Johnson County office. You may not e-mail or fax applications. An original signature is required.
Please complete the application by hand then return it to the Johnson County Department of Human Services Office.
Applications are also available at the Johnson County Department of Human Services Office. You may pick up an application between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
Johnson County Department of Human Services
855 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Or, you can mail your application directly to:
Human Services River Place Office
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310-9930
Eligibility for Child Care Assistance is determined by review of the information provided on the application form. Within 30 days of receipt of the application, you will receive a notice in the mail of your eligibility status.
- Who Can Care for My Child?
You may choose a child care provider from a variety of arrangements. You can choose:
- A licensed child care center,
- A registered child development home,
- A nonregistered child care home-the person must pass the child abuse and criminal record checks,
- Someone who cares for your children in your own home (provided there are 3 or more children),
- A licensed before-and-after-school program
- What Must My Child Care Provider Do?
Your provider must be approved by DHS in order to receive payment from the CCA program. Many providers are already approved by DHS to provide care for the CCA program. If you do not know whether your provider is approved, ask your DHS CCA worker for assistance. If your provider is not yet approved, DHS will provide you with the necessary forms to take to your child care provider.
- Who Can Help Me Find Child Care?
You want to be sure your child is properly cared for and safe from harm. You want to make the best choice possible. The Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral system can give you information on the different types of child care and how to choose quality care so you can select the type of care that is best for your family. They can help you find child care that meets your needs.
- Agencies Serving This Area
4 Cs Community Coordinated Child Care
1500 Sycamore Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Child Care Resource and Referral of Southeast Iowa
A program of Community Action of Eastern Iowa
500 E 59th Street
Davenport, Iowa 52807
Counties served: Benton, Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Van Buren, and Washington