The California Department of Social Services Child Care Programs Bureau has released a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the implementation of the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children. As shared in more detail in a previous newsletter, The Bridge Program addresses lack of child care as a barrier for potential families seeking to take in a foster child, and for foster youth who are parents themselves.
The FAQ answers questions such as “Is the Bridge Program available to families who are not yet approved as a resource family?” “What are the allowable administrative costs for the voucher payments?” “Do Counties have the option to limit the child care voucher period?”
The FAQ also covers other questions related to eligibility, voucher payments, age limits, criteria for extending the child care voucher period, participation of license-exempt providers, claiming, out-of-state placements and out-of-county placements, relevant definitions, the curriculum for the trauma-informed training component of the Bridge Program, and more.
For more information about the Bridge Program, read a recent All County Letter. To view the FAQ, follow this LINK. CDSS has indicated that additional questions regarding the Bridge Program can be sent to ChildCareBridge@dss.ca.gov, and questions regarding claiming, allocations, or other fiscal issues may be sent to Fiscal.Systems@dss.ca.gov.