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  • AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program Information

    The AmeriCorps Child Care Benefit Program is available for qualified, active, full-time AmeriCorps State and National Members who need the benefit to serve; eligibility requirements are listed below. Child care benefits are paid directly to qualified child care providers for all or of part of the members child care costs during their active time of service with AmeriCorps; child care benefit payments cannot be paid directly to AmeriCorps members. Child care benefits may not exceed applicable payment rates as established in the state in which the child care is provided under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858c(4)(A)). Maximum rates per county can be found here1.

    Member Eligibility Requirements AmeriCorps child care benefits are available to full-time members who qualify. To qualify for the child care benefit, the member must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    The members household income must not exceed 75% of the states median income for a family of the same size; this limit is different for each state and may change annually. Please click here to see the Minnesota income requirements. Please note that in determining household income, the members living allowance is disregarded.

    The member must not currently receive a child care subsidy from another source at the time of acceptance into the program (including a parent or guardian) which would continue to be provided while the member serves in the program.

    The member must be the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age 13. The child must reside with the member.

    Child Care Provider Eligibility Requirements

    Child care benefits are paid to qualified child care providers for all or of part of the members child care costs during their active time of service with AmeriCorps. Child care subsidy benefits are paid directly to qualified child care providers; child care benefit payments cannot be paid directly to AmeriCorps members. Child care providers must meet eligibility requirements as regulated under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858n (5)); regulations vary by state and are subject to change annually.

    AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Administration GAP Solutions, Inc. (GAPSI) administers the AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program for the Corporation for National and Community Service and therefore member applications are approved by GAP Solutions. Member may apply directly through GAPSI or through the Member Benefits team at Minnesota Reading, Math, or Opportunity Corps. 1 State Benefit Limits - Child care subsidy benefits may not exceed applicable payment rates as established by the state in which the child care is provided under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858c(4)(A)). When determining rates, states consider such

    factors as the number of hours a day a child is in care, age of child, provider licensing, etc.

    https://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/max%20rates.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/ChildCareAssistanceIncomeEligibility_2015_16%20%281%29.pdf

  • AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program Information

    Application Process How do I apply? Members may apply online with GAP Solutions, Inc. (https://www.americorpschildcare.com/) or via a hard

    copy with the Member Benefits team. The member application can be found here . Members can either type their information and print the form or

    print the form and handwrite their information. The provider application can be found here. Providers can either type their information and print the form or

    print the form and handwrite their information

    Member Forms and Supporting Documentation Required: Application - a completed and signed AmeriCorps Member Child Care Benefits Application. AmeriCorps Enrollment Letter- can be obtained through your MyAmeriCorps portal or from the Member

    Benefits team. A copy of a birth certificate for each child under 13 who needs child care services.

    Legal Custody Documentation - if the member is not the biological parent of the child who needs child care services, the member must submit proof to show parental or guardian status, including: legal guardianship, adoptive parent, foster parent or step parent.

    Income Documentation- official documentation to verify total salaries and wages for all adult members of the household, including 4 weeks of the most recent paycheck stubs

    Tax Documentation - a copy of the most recent federal income tax return (IRS Form 1040). Other Income - members must provide proof of all other household income for all household members,

    including: child support, SSI or other disability income, retirement income, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, alimony, veteran benefits, workers compensation benefits, AFDC and TANF. Additional documentation may be required for any other source of household income in accordance with the CCDF Block Grant program guidelines for the state or territory where the child care services are provided.

    Child Care Provider Forms and Supporting Documentation Required: Application - each child care provider must complete and sign an AmeriCorps Child Care Provider

    Application. Taxpayer and Business Documentation documentation includes the provider SSN or TIN and

    completed IRS W-9 form . Certifications - copy of the current child care provider license for each child care provider, or proof that they

    are licensed, regulated, or in compliance with the state or territory guidelines for an eligible child care provider under the CCDF Block Grant program.

    Provider Billing Rates

    Checklist of all supporting documentation needed: Click here to view checklist

    https://www.americorpschildcare.com/https://www.americorpschildcare.com/Downloads/AMERICORPS_MEMBER_APP.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/AMERICORPS_CAREGIVER_APP_2013-14.pdfhttps://www.americorpschildcare.com/Downloads/AMERICORPS_MEMBER_APP.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/AMERICORPS_CAREGIVER_APP_2013-14.pdfhttps://www.americorpschildcare.com/Downloads/W-9_Form.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/ChildCareProgramApplicationChecklist_2015_16%20%281%29.pdf

  • AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long will it take to process my completed AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Application? Upon submission of your complete application to GAP Solutions, Inc., you will receive confirmation within 3 business days about the status of your application (incomplete or in review); if you have submitted an incomplete application, you will be notified at that time about what steps or documentation remain outstanding to process your application. Typically it takes about five business days for complete applications to be processed; during high volume times (August October), it may take up to twelve business days. What information is needed to apply? A list of information can be found on Page 2 of this information packet (Application Process). You may also click here to view a list of required documentation. What will delay my application from being approved in a timely manner? Missing documentation from the member and/or provider are common deals in application processing; please refer to the AmeriCorps Child Care Program website at: http://www.americorpschildcare.com/ or the child care application checklist for a detailed list of required forms and supporting documentation. Common delays occur due to a failure to submit a birth certificate for the child, failure to submit proof of household income, and failure of a child care provider to submit a complete application. How can I find out more about State Benefit Limits and why is it so difficult to figure out my own eligibility? Each of the 50 states and 5 territories establishes their own regulations for implementing the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 and each state and territory can change these requirements whenever it wants. Some states publish information on public websites however the information is often lengthy and unclear. GAP Solutions, Inc. has information on the eligibility requirements for each state and is your resource for determining your eligibility and rate. Click here for Minnesotas state income limits. Click here for Minnesotas Reimbursement Limit (by county).

    Are registration fees eligible for reimbursement? No, registration fees are not eligible for reimbursement. My child is in school, but my service requires me to stay later in the day. Are after-school programs eligible for the benefit? Yes, most afterschool programs are eligible for reimbursement through the child care program. You may contact the Member Benefits team at Minnesota Reading, Math, and Opportunity Corps via email: memberbenefits@servemnaction.org or via phone: 612-206-3032 for more information regarding afterschool programs.

    https://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/ChildCareProgramApplicationChecklist_2015_16%20%281%29.pdfhttp://www.americorpschildcare.com/https://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/ChildCareProgramApplicationChecklist_2015_16%20%281%29.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/ChildCareAssistanceIncomeEligibility_2015_16%20%281%29.pdfhttps://minnesotareadingcorps.org/sites/default/files/max%20rates.pdfmailto:memberbenefits@servemnaction.org

  • AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program Information

    Can I use a family member for child care? It depends on the state in which the care is provided; some states allow a relative to serve as an approved provider and so