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RULE §809.48Transitional Child Care

(a) A parent is eligible for Transitional child care services if the parent:

  (1) has been denied TANF and was employed at the time of TANF denial; or

  (2) has been denied TANF within 30 days because of expiration of TANF time limits; and

  (3) requires child care to work or attend a job training or educational program for a combination of at least an average of 25 hours per week for a single-parent family or 50 hours per week for a two-parent family, or a higher number of hours per week as established by a Board.

(b) Boards may establish an income eligibility limit for Transitional child care that is higher than the eligibility limit for At-Risk child care, pursuant to §809.50, provided that the higher income limit does not exceed 85% of the state median income for a family of the same size.

(c) For former TANF recipients who are employed when TANF is denied, Transitional child care shall be available for:

  (1) a period of up to 12 months from the effective date of the TANF denial; or

  (2) a period of up to 18 months from the effective date of the TANF denial in the case of a former TANF recipient who was eligible for child caretaker exemptions pursuant to Texas Human Resources Code §31.012(c) and voluntarily participates in the Choices program.

(d) Former TANF recipients who are not employed when TANF expires, including recipients who are engaged in a Choices activity except as provided under subsection (e) of this section, shall receive up to four weeks of Transitional child care in order to allow these individuals to search for work as needed.

(e) Former TANF recipients who are not employed when TANF is denied, are engaged in a Choices activity, are meeting the requirements of Chapter 811 of this title, and are denied TANF because of receipt of child support shall be eligible to receive Transitional child care services until the date on which the individual completes the activity, as defined by the Board.

(f) A Board may allow a reduction to the requirement in subsection (a)(3) of this section if a parent's documented medical disability or need to care for a physically or mentally disabled family member prevents the parent from participating in work, education, or job training activities for the required hours per week.

(g) For purposes of meeting the education requirements stipulated in subsection (a)(3) of this section, the following shall apply:

  (1) each credit hour of postsecondary education counts as three hours of education activity per week; and

  (2) each credit hour of a condensed postsecondary education course counts as six education activity hours per week.

Source Note: The provisions of this §809.48 adopted to be effective January 29, 2007, 32 TexReg 336; amended to be effective September 8, 2008, 33 TexReg 7568; amended to be effective January 8, 2013, 38 TexReg 155

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