We just received this news from DHS
Deactivation of ERDC Reservation List
The 2014 Legislature’s rebalance plan included increasing the ERDC caseload cap from 8,100 to 8,500 through the end of the biennium. This will enable DHS to select all names and deactivate the reservation list.
Starting May 1, 2014, families will no longer need to meet the following requirements to receive ERDC benefits:
- TANF transition policy
- Receipt of ERDC in the last two (2) calendar months
- Eligibility for a current open slot with a Head Start or OPQ contracted program
- Child Welfare exemption referral
There are two processes needed in order to select all names from the reservation list and deactivate the reservation list:
- All names on the reservation list at the end of business on Friday, March 14, 2014 will be selected and mailed a Child Care Reservation List Selection letter inviting them to apply for ERDC. No new names will be added to the reservation list after March 14.
- New applicants that were not added to the reservation list, with a date of request of Monday, March 17 to April 30, will need their application reviewed for March/April eligibility using the reservation list criteria. If the family is not eligible, applications will need to be held and reviewed for May 1 eligibility. Reservation list criteria will no longer be in effect May 1 and families no longer need to meet the criteria listed above to be eligible for ERDC.
HB 5201 Budget Note - ERDC Workgroup
The 2014 Legislature directed the Early Learning Division's Office of Child Care and the Department of Human Services to convene a workgroup of stakeholders to develop a set of policy recommendations on how best to modify the ERDC program to provide child care subsidies to working parents enrolled in higher education. The agencies will report these recommendations back to the Emergency Board in May 2014; the expectation is that rulemaking to implement legislatively approved changes would follow soon after. Program elements to address within the recommendations should include eligibility criteria, work hour requirements, school attendance verification, academic standing expectations, limitations on assistance, TANF leavers, families’ having children with special needs, program exit income limits, child care quality, data reporting, caseload priorities, and program evaluation.
Thank you for our continued work and support for Oregon's children and families.