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Section II: Facilitated Enrollment Demonstration Projects

Beginning in 2002, the New York State Legislature transferred some of the State’s TANF funding into the CCBG for four demonstration projects to increase access to, and improve the effectiveness of, the child care subsidy program for low-income working families. Funds have been re-appropriated by the Legislature annually. The two major strategies that these subsidy demonstration projects have employed are: streamlining of the enrollment process and increasing financial eligibility levels (up to 275 percent of the State Income Standard). The four demonstration projects are: Children’s Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in Monroe County; Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Assembly Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and targeted high needs areas in Manhattan (known as the Liberty Zone); Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Senate Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project in targeted high needs areas in Queens; and the Workforce Development Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Project for the counties of Albany, Oneida, Rensselaer, and Schenectady.

Each facilitated enrollment agency is responsible for subsidies by providing working-parent families with initial intake, consumer education, and collection

assisting applicants for child care a single streamlined process for

of

eligibility

information.

The

demonstration income-eligible

projects identify families for child care subsidies.

with work-related child care needs The facilitated enrollment agency

who are helps to

increase evenings

accessibility to and weekends

services by at worksites

allowing parents the opportunity to and other community-based venues,

apply during in addition to

accepting

application

submissions

via

fax

or

email.

The

facilitated

enrollment

agency

coordinates a system with the local social services district for the

completed

applications.

The

local

district

makes

the

final

eligibility

submission of determination,

remains responsible for processing payments to claims for reimbursement of expenditures for child

child care

care providers, subsidies to the

and submits State.

all

In the SFY 2008-09 State Budget appropriation language, each facilitated enrollment agency was required to submit an evaluation of its project including the number of children served and the percentage of families served with incomes above 200% of the State Income Standard. The following is a summary of this data:

Children’s Institute, Inc. for the Child Care Monroe County served 447 children, of which above 200% of the State Income Standard. OCFS by the required date of October 1, 2008.

Facilitated Enrollment Project in 44% of the families had incomes The evaluation was submitted to

Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Assembly Child Care Facilitated

Enrollment Project served 1,192 children, of which 24% incomes above 200% of the State Income Standard. submitted to OCFS by the required date of October 1, 2008.

of the families The evaluation

had was

  • Consortium for Worker Education, Inc. for the Senate Child Care Facilitated

Enrollment Project served 78 children, of which 36% of the families had incomes

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