Able and Available

Created on: 
Feb 01 2016

Related WACS

DEL Clarifying Information (published February 1, 2017)


Additional information

How does being able and available affect child care?

When a client applies for childcare the Department determines the benefit level and amount of care needed at the time of the application or review. The Department looks at the times the parent/guardian is in an approvable activity and contrasts that to when they are able and available to care for their children. In a two-parent household, the Department compares both parents' activity schedules to determine how many hours or days of care can be authorized.  We can authorize payment only for the hours that both parents are unable and unavailable to care for the children. 

Example: Mom works Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. and Dad works Wednesday–Sunday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.  Dad is available to care for the children on Monday and Tuesday. Child care will only be authorized for the three days neither parent is able or available—in this example, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.