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Employee Information and Eligibility

  • Employee eligibility will be determined based on the employee's family size and household income. Employees must have a household income between 200%-325% of the Federal Poverty Level (FLP). Employees must not be eligible for the Development and Care Program (commonly referred to as child care subsidy). Once an employee is deemed eligible, they are eligible for the entire year of the pilot.
  • Hubs will gather income data and determine final eligibility of employee.
  • Once an employee is deemed eligible, they are eligible for the remainder of the MI Child Care Tri-Share pilot.
  • Seasonal income is considered contractual income if it is income meant to cover the other six months when not working. In this instance, you would take the income for six months and determine monthly income based on the year.
  • Employers have flexibility in deciding which family will receive a child care slot. Possible ways to make this determination include:

    • First come, first serve process
    • Employee lottery/random selection
    • Employee needs (i.e., closest to 200% FPL)
    • Each family receives one child care slot/Family receives multiple child care slots
  • Employers have flexibility in deciding how many child care slots should be offered to participating employees and their families. Possible ways to make this determination include:

    • Each participating family receives one slots
    • Participating families receive multiple slots based on how many children need care
    • Participating families receive one or multiple slots based on greatest need
  • Eligible employees may reside outside the designated region of the Hub.
  • Employees must select a licensed child care provider that meets their needs, this includes an existing child care provider (so long as they are currently licensed). Employees may utilize before and after care for schoolagers, summer care for schoolagers, and part-time and full-time child care for their children. In all scenarios, child care being use MUST be a licensed child care facility.
  • All child care facilities participating in the Tri-Share model must be licensed by the state of Michigan. If the licensed child care care provider has space and is willing to care for a child then Tri-Share will cover 1/3 the cost. The most critical determining factor is not around the age of the child, but whether the child care providers is licensed, available, and willing to care for child.
  • Families do not have to have the same provider for all children to participate in the Tri-Share program. Family choice of care is a guiding principle in this pilot.
  • Eligible employees must complete a survey providing information around their children and child care. The information gathered through this survey will be used in informing future policies related to the work of this pilot. Personal information (like names or child names) will not be shared with any person outside the work of the project. Employees also must sign and follow any type of MOU or contract put forth by the participating Hub.