(1) A sponsor may only claim meals for purposes of reimbursement for its sponsored day care homes once per month for any one tier category.
(2) A change in tier status resulting from new data, such as census, income information, or elementary school information distributed to sponsors for use in evaluating tier status, is effective statewide the first day of the month during which the income information, census, or elementary school information is available to the sponsor.
(3) A day care home may submit a request for a tier change evaluation to its sponsor. If approved, the change will be effective as noted below:
(a) changes based on elementary school attendance area or census block are effective on the first of the month during which the evaluation request is received, except as provided in (3)(c);
(b) changes based on income fluctuations or relocation of the provider are effective on the first day of the month that the evaluation request is documented and verified; and
(c) a change made to correct a tiering error will be retroactive to the first day of the month in which the date of the error occurred.