July 2009 Newsletter
Dates to Remember
May checks will be mailed on June 26, 2009.
May second invoice checks - date to be announced.
June forms are due in the office July 7, 2009, by 9:00am.
Forms Due July 2009
*Enrollment Renewal Worksheets
* Income Applications
Online claimers can access Enrollment Renewal Worksheets by clickiing on \"Reports\", \"Child\", \"Enrollment Renewal Worksheet\".
Manual claimers will use the reports mailed in their May 2009 packet. Parents must review and sign the Enrollment Renewal Worksheet and then providers need to fax or send a copy to the First Step Office. Address, telephone number and racial/ethnic data must be completed for each child. This worksheet replaces individual enrollment renewals.
Income Applications are due for renewal in July 2009. We recommend that Tier 3 providers have their parents submit a new applicaiton dated July 1, 2009 in order to remain in compliance with the one year expiration date. Any applicataion that is older than one year will receive Tier 2 rates until a new application is received.
Tier 1 providers through their own income must submit a copy of 2008 Tax form 1040 and Schedule C (Profit and Loss Statement) with the application for income verification. If you have not submitted a copy, applications must be received by July 31, 2009 in order to continue to receive Tier 1 rates.
Foster children application and applications to claim your own children 12 years of age or younger are also due July 31, 2009.
*Please review 2010 income guidelines by clicking on \"Provider Forms\" on this site.
Recipes for the Soul ...
\"All the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of one small candle.\"
Hope is Eternal
Sometimes it feels like we are surrounded by darkness and we wonder if we\'ll ever smile again. At times like this it is essential to remember that we are not alone. Seek out comfort from family, friends, and neighbors -- or volunteer to help others. Ironically, bringing hope to someone else\'s life is the best way to strengthen it in our own.
Simple Steps ...
*Designate a safe place in your home to keep a \"hope candle\". Light it regulary, saying a few positive words aloud, as a symbol to yourself and to the world that hope endures.
*Make a \"hope box\". Cover a shoe box with pretty paper and fill it with items that inspire hope in you - a drawing from a child, a loving note from your spouse or a newpaper article.