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49.155(1j) (1j)Unanticipated federal funds. If the department receives unanticipated federal child care and development block grant funds under 42 USC 9858 and it proposes to allocate the unanticipated funds so that an allocation limit in sub. (1g) is exceeded, the department shall submit a plan for the proposed allocation to the secretary of administration. If the secretary of administration approves the plan, he or she shall submit it to the joint committee on finance. If the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the secretary of administration within 14 working days after the date of his or her submittal that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the plan, the department may implement the plan, notwithstanding any allocation limit under sub. (1g). If within 14 working days after the date of the submittal by the secretary of administration the cochairpersons of the committee notify him or her that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the plan, the department may implement the plan, notwithstanding sub. (1g), only with the approval of the committee.
49.155(1m) (1m)Eligibility. Except as provided in s. 49.155 (3g), the department shall contract with a county department or agency to determine the eligibility of individuals residing in a particular geographic region or who are members of a particular Indian tribal unit for child care subsidies under this section. Under this section, an individual may receive a subsidy for child care for a child who has not attained the age of 13 or, if the child is disabled, who has not attained the age of 19, if the individual meets all of the following conditions:
49.155(1m)(a) (a) The individual is a parent of a child who meets the requirement under s. 49.145 (2) (c) and who is under the age of 13 or, if the child is disabled, is under the age of 19; or is a relative who, under s. 48.57 (3m) or (3n) or 48.62, is providing care and maintenance for a child who meets the requirement under s. 49.145 (2) (c) and who is under the age of 13 or, if the child is disabled, is under the age of 19; and child care services for that child are needed in order for the individual to do any of the following:
49.155(1m)(a)1. 1. Meet the school attendance requirement under s. 49.26 (1) (ge).
49.155(1m)(a)1m. 1m. Obtain a high school diploma or participate in a course of study meeting the standards established by the state superintendent of public instruction for the granting of a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation, if the individual is not subject to the school attendance requirement under s. 49.26 (1) (ge) and at least one of the following conditions is met:
49.155(1m)(a)1m.a. a. The individual is 18 or 19 years of age.
49.155(1m)(a)1m.b. b. The individual has not yet attained the age of 18 years and the individual resides with his or her custodial parent or with a kinship care relative under s. 48.57 (3m) or with a long-term kinship care relative under s. 48.57 (3n) or is in a foster home licensed under s. 48.62, a subsidized guardianship home under s. 48.623, a group home, or an independent living arrangement supervised by an adult.
49.155(1m)(a)2. 2. Work in an unsubsidized job, including training provided by an employer during the regular hours of employment.
49.155(1m)(a)3. 3. Work in a Wisconsin works employment position, including participation in job search, orientation and training activities under s. 49.147 (2) (a) and in education or training activities under s. 49.147 (3) (am), (4) (am) or (5) (bm).
49.155(1m)(a)3m. 3m. Participate in a job search or work experience component of the food stamp employment and training program under s. 49.79 (9).
49.155(1m)(a)3r. 3r. Participate in the Transform Milwaukee Jobs program, or the Transitional Jobs program, under s. 49.163.
49.155(1m)(a)4. 4. Participate in basic education, including an English as a 2nd language course; literacy tutoring; or a course of study meeting the standards established by the state superintendent of public instruction under s. 115.29 (4) for the granting of a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation, if the department or the county department or agency determining eligibility determines that basic education would facilitate the individual's efforts to maintain employment. An individual may receive aid under this subdivision for up to 2 years.
49.155(1m)(a)5. 5. Participate in a course of study at a technical college, or participate in educational courses that provide an employment skill, as determined by the department, if the department or the county department or agency determining eligibility determines that the course or courses would facilitate the individual's efforts to maintain employment. An individual may receive aid under this subdivision for up to 2 years.
49.155(1m)(b) (b) Except as provided in par. (bm), the individual meets the eligibility criteria under all of the following:
49.155(1m)(bm) (bm) If the individual is providing care for a child under a court order and is receiving payments on behalf of the child under s. 48.57 (3m) or (3n) or 48.623, or if the individual is a foster parent, and child care is needed for that child, the child meets the requirement under s. 49.145 (2) (c).
49.155(1m)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subds. 1g., 1h., 1m., 2., and 3., the gross income of the individual's family is at or below 185% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family or, for an individual who is already receiving a child care subsidy under this section, the gross income of the individual's family is at or below 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family. In calculating the gross income of the family, the department or county department or agency determining eligibility shall include court-ordered child or family support payments received by the individual, if those support payments exceed $1,250 per month, and income described under s. 49.145 (3) (b) 1. and 3., except that, in calculating farm and self-employment income, the department or county department or agency determining eligibility shall include the sum of the following:
49.155(1m)(c)1.a. a. Net earnings reported to the Internal Revenue Service.
49.155(1m)(c)1.b. b. Depreciation expenses, personal business and entertainment expenses, personal transportation costs, purchases of capitol equipment and payments on the principal of loans.
49.155(1m)(c)1g. 1g. If the individual is a foster parent of the child or a subsidized guardian or interim caretaker of the child under s. 48.623, the child's biological or adoptive family has a gross income that is at or below 200% of the poverty line. In calculating the gross income of the child's biological or adoptive family, the department or county department or agency determining eligibility shall include court-ordered child or family support payments received by the individual, if those support payments exceed $1,250 per month, and income described under s. 49.145 (3) (b) 1. and 3.
49.155(1m)(c)1h. 1h. If the individual is a relative of the child, is providing care for the child under a court order, and is receiving payments under s. 48.57 (3m) or (3n) on behalf of the child, the child's biological or adoptive family has a gross income that is at or below 200% of the poverty line. In calculating the gross income of the child's biological or adoptive family, the department or county department or agency determining eligibility shall include court-ordered child or family support payments received by the individual, if those support payments exceed $1,250 per month, and income described under s. 49.145 (3) (b) 1. and 3.
49.155(1m)(c)1m. 1m. If the individual was eligible under s. 49.132 (4) (a), 1995 stats., for aid under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., and received aid under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., on September 30, 1997, but lost aid solely because of the application of s. 49.132 (6), 1995 stats., the gross income of the individual's family is at or below 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family. This subdivision does not apply to an individual whose family's gross income at any time on or after September 30, 1997, is more than 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family.
49.155(1m)(c)2. 2. If the individual was eligible under s. 49.132 (4) (am), 1995 stats., for aid under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., and received aid under s. 49.132, 1995 stats., on or after May 10, 1996, but lost eligibility solely because of increased income, the gross income of the individual's family is at or below 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family. This subdivision does not apply to an individual whose family's gross income increased to more than 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family.
49.155(1m)(c)3. 3. If the individual was eligible for a child care subsidy under s. 49.191 (2), 1997 stats., on or after May 10, 1996, and received a child care subsidy on or after May 10, 1996, but lost the subsidy solely because of increased income, the gross income of the individual's family is at or below 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family. This subdivision does not apply to an individual whose family's gross income increased to more than 200% of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family.
49.155(1m)(d) (d) The individual satisfies other eligibility criteria established by the department by rule.
49.155(3) (3)Child care local administration. Except as provided in sub. (3g), the county department or agency with which the department contracts under sub. (1m) to determine eligibility in a particular geographic region or for a particular Indian tribal unit shall administer child care assistance in that geographic region or for that tribal unit. For the administration of child care assistance under this section, the department may require the county department or agency to do all of the following:
49.155(3)(a) (a) Determine an individual's liability for copayments under sub. (5).
49.155(3)(b) (b) Determine and authorize the amount of child care for which an individual may receive a subsidy.
49.155(3)(d) (d) Assist individuals who are eligible for child care subsidies under this section to identify available child care providers and select appropriate child care arrangements.
49.155(3)(e) (e) At intervals, or as otherwise required by the department, review and redetermine the financial and nonfinancial eligibility of individuals receiving child care subsidies under this section.
49.155(3g) (3g)Child care administration in certain counties. In a county having a population of 500,000 or more all of the following apply:
49.155(3g)(a) (a) The department may contract with the Milwaukee County enrollment services unit, as provided in s. 49.825 (2) (b), to do any of the following:
49.155(3g)(a)1. 1. Determine the eligibility of individuals for a child care subsidy under this section.
49.155(3g)(a)2. 2. Determine an individual's liability for copayments under sub. (5).
49.155(3g)(a)3. 3. Determine and authorize the amount of child care for which an individual may receive a subsidy.
49.155(3g)(a)4. 4. At intervals, or as otherwise required by the department, review and redetermine the financial and nonfinancial eligibility of individuals receiving child care subsidies under this section.
49.155(3g)(b) (b) The department may establish a child care provider services unit, as provided in s. 49.826, to perform the provider services functions specified in s. 49.826 (2) (a).
49.155(3m) (3m)Distribution of child care funds.
49.155(3m)(a)(a) The department shall issue benefits directly to individuals who are eligible for subsidies under this section or pay or reimburse child care providers, county departments or agencies, or tribal governing bodies for child care services under this section. The department may also contract with and provide grants to private nonprofit agencies that provide child care for children of migrant workers. The department may pay or reimburse a Wisconsin Works agency for child care that the Wisconsin Works agency provides to the children of Wisconsin Works participants and applicants or that the Wisconsin Works agency arranges to meet immediate, short-term child care needs of participants prior to authorization of a subsidy under sub. (1m).
49.155(3m)(b)1.1. Subject to subds. 2. and 3., the department shall, to the extent practicable, allocate funds to a contract entered into under sub. (1m) for the administration of the program under sub. (3) in the same proportion as the geographic region's or Indian tribal unit's proportionate share of all statewide subsidy authorizations and eligibility redeterminations under sub. (3) (e) in the 12-month period before the start of the contract period.
49.155(3m)(b)2. 2. The department shall allocate to each contract at least $20,000 per year for the administrative responsibilities for each geographic region or Indian tribal unit.
49.155(3m)(b)3. 3. If the department renews a contract for a subsequent year, the department shall allocate to the contract not less than 95 percent of the amount allocated to the contract in the previous year, unless the geographic region or Indian tribal unit is not comparable or total funding available for all contracts is lower than the total amount available in the previous year.
49.155(3m)(b)4. 4. Within any contract period, the department may redistribute unexpended contract balances for a county department or agency to another county department or agency that reports expenditures in excess of their original contract total for the period.
49.155(3m)(d)1.1. No funds distributed under par. (a) may be used for child care services that are provided for a child by a child care provider who is the parent of the child or who resides with the child.
49.155(3m)(d)2. 2. If a child's parent is a child care provider, no funds distributed under par. (a) may be used for child care services that are provided for the child by another child care provider who is not the child's parent.
49.155(3m)(d)3. 3. Subdivision 1. or 2. does not apply if the child's parent has applied for, and been granted, a waiver of the prohibition under subd. 1. or 2. by the county department or agency or by the department.
49.155(3m)(d)4. 4. The department shall by rule specify the circumstances, or standards for determining the circumstances, under which the department will grant a waiver under subd. 3.
49.155(3m)(e)1.1. In this paragraph, "qualifying child" means a child who satisfies both of the following:
49.155(3m)(e)1.a. a. He or she is not a child of an employee of the child care provider.
49.155(3m)(e)1.b. b. He or she does not reside with an employee of the child care provider.
49.155(3m)(e)2. 2. No funds distributed under par. (a) may be used for child care services that are provided for a child by a child care provider who employs either the parent of the child or a person who resides with the child, unless the child care provider is licensed under s. 48.65 and at all times at least 60 percent of the children for whom the child care provider is providing care are qualifying children.
49.155(3m)(e)3. 3. Notwithstanding subd. 2., if a child care provider described in subd. 2. satisfies the requirements for payment under subd. 2. but the percentage of qualifying children for whom the provider is providing care falls below 60 percent, the provider shall have 6 weeks to raise the percentage of qualifying children for whom the provider is providing care to at least 60 percent before payments to the provider are discontinued for child care services provided for a child who is not a qualifying child.
49.155(4) (4)Choice of provider.
49.155(4)(a)(a) An eligible individual shall choose whether the child care will be provided by a child care center licensed under s. 48.65, a Level I certified family child care provider, a Level II certified family child care provider, or a child care program provided or contracted for by a school board under s. 120.13 (14).
49.155(4)(b)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., no eligible individual may benefit personally from any marketing or promotional offerings made by a child care provider to attract clients or increase business.
49.155(4)(b)2. 2. Subdivision 1. does not apply to marketing or promotional offerings that directly benefit an eligible individual's child for whom the child care provider is providing child care services.
49.155(4)(c)1.1. Notwithstanding par. (a) and subject to subd. 2., an eligible individual may receive a child care subsidy under this section for child care that is provided by an out-of-state provider of child care. Notwithstanding sub. (6), payments for child care services provided by an out-of-state provider under this subdivision shall be based on the maximum rate applicable in the county in which the eligible individual resides or on the out-of-state provider's actual rate, whichever is lower.
49.155(4)(c)2. 2. As a condition of payment under this section for child care services provided to a child of an individual who is eligible for a subsidy under this section, an out-of-state provider is subject to, and shall comply with, the provisions of this section, and rules promulgated under this section, that apply to a child care provider, as determined by the department.
49.155(5) (5)Liability for payment.
49.155(5)(a)(a) An individual receiving a subsidy under this section is liable for the difference, if any, between the cost of the child care provided by the child care provider or providers selected by the individual and the subsidy amount. The department shall specify minimum or estimated copayment amounts based on family size, income level, and other factors, a schedule of which will be available in electronic form on the department's Internet site and in paper form.
49.155(5)(b) (b) An individual who is under the age of 20 and attending high school or participating in a course of study meeting the standards established under s. 115.29 (4) for the granting of a declaration of equivalency to high school graduation may not be determined liable for more than the minimum copayment amount for the type of child care received and the number of children receiving child care.
49.155 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. DCF 56.08, Wis. adm. code.
49.155(6) (6)Child care rates and quality standards.
49.155(6)(a)(a) The department shall establish maximum payment rates for licensed child care services provided under this section. The department shall set the rates so that at least 75% of the number of places for children within the licensed capacity of all child care providers can be purchased by eligible individuals under this section.
49.155(6)(b) (b) The department shall set maximum payment rates for Level I certified family child care providers for services provided to eligible individuals under this section. The maximum rates set under this paragraph may not exceed 75% of the rates established under par. (a).
49.155(6)(c) (c) The department shall set maximum payment rates for Level II certified family child care providers for services provided to eligible individuals under this section. The maximum rates set under this paragraph may not exceed 50% of the rates established under par. (a).
49.155(6)(cm) (cm) The department shall modify child care provider payment rates established under pars. (a) to (c) so that payment rates are lower for providers of after-school child care.
49.155(6)(d) (d) The department may promulgate rules to establish a system of rates or a program of grants for child care providers that meet the higher quality of care standards established by rules promulgated under sub. (1d) (b). If a system of rates is established under this paragraph, the rates under that system shall be higher than the rates established under pars. (a) to (c).
49.155(6)(e)1.1. In this paragraph, "quality rating plan" means the plan for implementing the child care quality rating system under s. 48.659 submitted by the department under 2009 Wisconsin Act 28, section 9108 (7f).
49.155(6)(e)2. 2. Except as provided in subd. 3., the department may not increase the maximum payment rates for child care providers before June 30, 2013.
49.155(6)(e)3. 3. The department may modify a child care provider's payment rate under subd. 2. on the basis of the provider's quality rating, as described in the quality rating plan, in the following manner:
49.155(6)(e)3.a. a. For a child care provider who receives a 1-star rating, the department shall deny payment.
49.155(6)(e)3.b. b. For a child care provider who receives a 2-star rating, the department may reduce the maximum payment rate by up to 5 percent.
49.155(6)(e)3.c. c. For a child care provider who receives a 3-star rating, the department may pay up to the maximum payment rate.
49.155(6)(e)3.d. d. For a child care provider who receives a 4-star rating, the department may increase the maximum payment rate by up to 10 percent.
49.155(6)(e)3.e. e. For a child care provider who receives a 5-star rating, the department may increase the maximum payment rate for such a child care provider by up to 25 percent.
49.155(6)(e)4. 4. The department may use a severity-index tool, as described in the quality rating plan, to disqualify child care providers who receive a low quality rating, as described in the quality rating plan, from receiving payment under this section.
49.155(6)(e)5. 5. For purposes of modifying payment rates under subd. 3., the department shall assign a child care provider that is accredited from the Council on Accreditation a 4-star rating or 5-star rating, whichever the department determines is appropriate.
49.155 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. DCF 56.06, Wis. adm. code.
49.155(6d) (6d)Cost-saving measures.
49.155(6d)(a)(a) To reduce costs under the program under this section, the department may do any of the following:
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)