State Child Care Assistance Programs

Parents struggle with the costs and choices with child care. Here is a list of child care assistance programs that are available in your state — each with its own eligibility guidelines.

Child care can be expensive. The average fee for full-time care ranges from approximately $2,400 to $20,800 a year, depending on where the family lives, the type of care, and the age of the child.

The average cost of full-time infant care is most expensive in Massachusetts and least expensive in Mississippi. These costs far exceed what a mother working full-time at the minimum wage typically can afford on her own.

Child Care Assistance Programs (CCAP) — also known as Child Care Subsidies, help eligible families with children younger than 13 pay for child care. In cases in which health or other disabilities exist, older children may also be eligible for the program.

The program pays for part of the daycare costs, while parents co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family and the amount of their income.

The list below highlights Child Care Subsidy Program offered in each of the 50 states, from Alabama to Wyoming — each with its own eligibility guidelines and application process.


Alabama #

Eligibility — 127 percent of poverty, 46 percent of state median income

Alabama CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income Alabama families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.

Depending on the county you live in, you will need to meet the work requirements and have a child under the age of 13. Some exceptions can be made for those that are disabled.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Alabama?

If you think you're income eligible, you can download and complete the Child Care Assistance Application form and mail it to your local Child Care Management Agency.


Alaska #

Eligibility — 290 percent of poverty, 74 percent of state median income

Child care assistance in Alaska is known as “Parents Achieving Self Sufficiency” ( PASS ) and is divided into three categories: PASS I, PASS II, and PASS III.


The PASS I program provides child care assistance for families receiving benefits under the Alaska Temporary Assistance Program. Unlike the other two, PASS I does not require you to contribute toward your child care costs.

PASS II is for those who are transitioning from the Alaska TAP and PASS III is for families who are not eligible for, or who have never received, PASS I or PASS II.


How do I apply for child care assistance in Alaska?

If you are already receiving ATAP benefits, contact your case manager or DPA case worker for more information on how to apply for PASS I child care assistance.

Eligibility for PASS II/III child care assistance, on the other hand, is not automatic! You must complete and submit an application to your local Child Care Assistance office.


Arizona #

Eligibility — 161 percent of poverty, 57 percent of state median income

Child care assistance is available to eligible Arizona families with children 12 years of age or younger. Among other requirements, applicants must meet income criteria and are required to pay a portion of the child care costs.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Arizona?

To apply for assistance, you may contact your local DES Child Care office to schedule an appointment and fill out an application. Referrals are also available on-line.

Due to limited funding, a statewide waiting list may be implemented to prioritize eligible families waiting to receive child care assistance.


Arkansas #

Eligibility — 205 percent of poverty, 83 percent of state median income

Arkansas CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.

As a condition of eligibility, you will need to meet the work requirements — at least 30 hour per week, and have a child under the age of 13. Some exceptions can be made for those that are disabled.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Arkansas?

In order to apply for assistance, contact one of the Program Eligibility Specialists in your county at 1-800-322-8176 and request an application.


California #

Eligibility — 253 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) in California offers several financial assistance, or subsidy, programs to qualifying families who need help paying for child care.

Families that qualify for the program can choose their own child care provider. The CCRC will reimburse child care providers up to a certain amount.

The CalWorks Child Care program in California is administered in three different stages — each with its own set of eligibility criteria.

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Stage 1 Child Care

Stage 1 child care is available to CalWORKs families when they first become employed or engaged Welfare-to-Work activities. Each family may be served for up to six months or until the family is stable.

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Stage 2 Child Care

Parents may be eligible for Stage 2 child care while they are receiving CalWORKs cash assistance, and for up to 24 months.

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Stage 3 Child Care

Stage 3 is available only to families who have received Stage 1 or 2 child care for 24 months after leaving CalWORKs cash assistance, and thus have “timed out” of Stage 2 benefits.

Families remain in Stage 3 until the family’s income exceeds 85% of the state median income or until the children are over the eligibility age.


How do I apply for child care assistance in California?

Current CalWORKs cash aid recipients are eligible to receive assistance with paying for child care with a provider of their choice or if they are employed or participating in county approved Welfare-to-Work activities.

If you are not receiving CalWORKs cash assistance and need help paying for child care, contact your local Social Services office or call

Child Care Resource and Referral
1-800-KIDS-793


Parents who are employed, participating in a vocational goal or job training, or engaged in other approved activities may also apply for California Alternative Payment Programs that provide subsidies to pay for child care.

This subsidized program is available for child care support from birth through twelve years of age. Parents who are incapacitated and families that are homeless may also be eligible.


Colorado #

Eligibility — 185 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Colorado CCAP is available for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs whose parent is employed or enrolled in the Colorado Works Program.

CCCAP serves families earning less than 180% or less of the federal poverty guideline and may not serve those with income of over 85% of the State Median Income.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Colorado?

If you are a resident of Colorado in need of child care, you may appy in person at your County’s Social Services/Human Services office or apply online at Colorado PEAK for expedited processing.

Once accepted into the program, you are expected to contribute a portion of your child care costs based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.


Connecticut #

Eligibility — 222 percent of poverty, 50 percent of state median income

Care 4 Kids helps low to moderate income families in Connecticut pay for child care costs. Since it is a subsidy, you may be expected to pay for some of the child care costs — known as Family Fee.

Eligibility is based on household income and family size. Families with incomes not exceeding 50% of the state median income level or about $4,200 for household of two are eligible for assistance.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Connecticut?

Start by filling out a Care 4 Kids Application and mail it to

Care 4 Kids
1344 Silas Deane Highway Rocky Hill, CT 06067
1-888-214-KIDS (5437)


Delaware #

Eligibility — 200 percent of poverty, 50 percent of state median income

Delaware Child Care Subsidy Program provides childcare subsidy for income-eligible families who need help paying for child care. Priority will be given to families who are receiving Temporary Assistance (TANF).

Families that qualify for the subsidy program can choose their own child care provider. The state pays a portion of the cost of child care; while the parent is responsible to pay a co-payment to the provider each month.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Delaware?

To request an application or mail the Child Care Assistance Application along with all required supporting documents to the following address

Delaware Opportunities Child Care Subsidy Program
35430 State Hwy. 10 Hamden, NY 13782
1-877-746-2279


District of Columbia #

Eligibility — 239 percent of poverty, 61 percent of state median income

The District of Columbia operates a federally-funded child care assistance program that helps eligible families pay for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis.

The amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in District of Columbia?

If you're applying for the first time, you must visit to the Child Care Services Division in person. As slots are limited, walk-in visits for new applicants are on a “first come, first serve” basis.

Child Care Services Division
4001 South Capitol Street SW Washington, DC 20032
(202) 727-0284


Florida #

Eligibility — 150 percent of poverty, 53 percent of state median income

Families in Florida who are trying to work or get training to work may be eligible for financial assistance through School Readiness Program. These services range from extended day to extended year, and school age care for children.

Depending on the family income, you will pay a fee for each child for whom you receive financial assistance. The co-payment is based on family income and family size and is paid directly to the child care provider.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Florida?

Families interested in receiving child care assistance through School Readiness Program must complete an application in Florida's Early Learning Family Portal.

If you are potentially eligible, you will be placed on the waitlist until enrollment occurs, depending on funding availability.


Georgia #

Eligibility — 144 percent of poverty, 50 percent of state median income

Subsidized child care in Georgia is provided through the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to help low income families afford quality child care. The CAPS program is administered in all 159 Georgia counties through the county Department of Family and Children Services.

Families that qualify for the CAPS program can choose their own child care provider. The CAPS program will reimburse child care providers up to a certain amount.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Georgia?

Georgians are now able to check their potential eligibility and apply for child care online with Georgia Gateway — the only authorized website to apply for public assistance benefits in Georgia.


Hawaii #

Eligibility — 221 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

During the pandemic, DHS is temporarily expanding eligibility for Child Care Connection Hawaii. No more income cap, CCCH subsidies will be awarded to all families and co-payment portion waived.

The Child Care Connection Hawaii (CCCH) provides childcare subsidy for eligible families who meet the income eligibility requirements. In general, the family's income may not exceed 85% of the State Median Income for the family size.

The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

How to apply for a child care subsidy?
Complete and submit your application along with all required supporting documents to your nearest CCCH office.


The Preschool Open Doors (POD) program is a separate subsidy program for eligible families with children in the year prior to kindergarten entry. However, funding for POD is limited.


In Hawaii, there are also local subsidy programs that assist with child care and preschool for children who are Native Hawaiian. Families may contact PATCH, Hawaii’s Statewide Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, for more information.


Idaho #

Eligibility — 127 percent of poverty, 49 percent of state median income

The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides child care assistance to low-income, working families by paying for a portion of child care, and parents co-pay for the remaining cost.

Child care assistance is available to parents in Idaho who are income eligible and are working or going to college. Priority is given to families already receiving Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho (TAFI).

The amount of assistance a family may receive from ICCP is based on income, the amount of hours the parents are working, in school, or participating in approved activities.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Idaho?

Call the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-877-456-1233 and ask for assistance on how to sign up for the ICCP program or visit IdahoSTARS.org to find approved, quality child care providers near you.


Illinois #

Eligibility — 180 percent of poverty, 51 percent of state median income

Administered by Illinois Department of Human Services, the Child Care Assistance Program helps pay for child care expenses for income-eligible working families in Illinois.

Families are required to cost-share on a sliding scale based on family size, income, and number of children in care. You may use the eligibility calculator to see if you qualify and to determine your co-pay.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Illinois?

To apply for CCAP, you must complete and submit a Child Care Application (form 3455) to your local CCR&R or child care agency along with other documentation.

If you have any questions about your eligibility, call 1-877-202-4453.


Indiana #

Eligibility — 124 percent of poverty, 51 percent of state median income

The purpose of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is to provide financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families. Eligibility for the subsidy is based on income level and family size.

Income Eligibility & Fee Schedule, effective March 2020.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Indiana?

Beginning March 2020, Families can now apply for CCDF using a new, easier-to-use online application called “Early Ed Connect” where you can now apply for multiple children in one application.

Families who qualify will receive a voucher from the local department of social services to take to the CCDF-approved provider of their choice. If you need help locating a CCDF eligible provider, call 1-800-299-1627.


Iowa #

Eligibility — 141 percent of poverty, 43 percent of state median income

Child Care Assistance (CCA) is available to children of income-eligible parents who are employed or participate in academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities.

To be considered for Child Care Assistance, you must qualify for Family Investment Program (FIP) and be responsible for a child who is under the age of 13.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Iowa?

You can apply for the Child Care Assistance (CCA) program on-line at Iowa's Family Portal where you can apply, access forms and rules, and search for a child care provider.

Kansas #

Eligibility — 180 percent of poverty, 57 percent of state median income

The Kansas Child Care Subsidy Program provides subsidy for income-eligible Kansas families who need help paying for child care. Funding is limited and there is often a waiting list in place.

The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Kansas?

Pick up an application at any DCF Office in your town or county to enroll or for your convenience, you may apply online at Kansas' Department for Children & Families.

For more information, call
1-888-369-4777


Kentucky #

Eligibility — 156 percent of poverty, 55 percent of state median income

CCAP helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training or participate in K-TAP activities. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents/guardians.

CCAP in Kentucky is available for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs whose parent is employed or enrolled in a training program for an average of 20 hours per week.

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Kentucky?

Families who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for Kentucky CCAP online at kynect.ky.gov or call (855) 306-8959 if you'd rather apply by phone.


Louisiana #

Eligibility — 200 percent of poverty, 65 percent of state median income

The Louisiana CCAP helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training. The program helps pay for child care for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs.

CCAP pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.

In Louisiana, a single mother of two earning less than 200 percent of poverty or $43,900 for a family of three may be eligible for child care assistance.

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How do I apply for CCAP in Louisiana?

Application for Louisiana CCAP can be done online via LA CAFÉ. All eligible families will be placed on the statewide wait list for a period of time before funding is​ available.

For additional information or questions, call
CCAP Household Eligibility
1-877-453-2721


Maine #

Eligibility — 272 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Maine Child Care Subsidy Program (also known as the Voucher Program) provides childcare subsidy for income-eligible Maine families who need help paying for child care.

The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

In general, families with gross family income at or below 272% of the federal poverty level or 85% of the State Median Income (SMI) are eligible to apply for subsidy.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Maine?

Complete a signed CCSP Application along with a copy of all required documentation and return it to the address stated in the application.

For additional information or questions, call
Office of Child & Family Services
1-877-680-5866


Maryland #

Eligibility — 282 percent of poverty, 65 percent of state median income

The purpose of the Child Care Scholarship (CCS) Program is to provide financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families. Eligibility for the subsidy is based on income level and family size.

Eligible families receive a voucher from the local department of social services to take to the provider of their choice. The subsidy is paid bi-weekly directly to the provider and the remaining cost is co-paid by the recipient.

Families eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance and Supplemental Security Income will have a $0 co-payment.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Maryland?

Download and sign the Child Care Scholarship (CCS) application form and send it to the local DSS near you along with proof of wages and child support payments if you're a single mother.

Child Care Scholarship (CCS) Central
(877) 227-0125


Massachusetts #

Eligibility — 224 percent of poverty, 50 percent of state median income

DTA Child Care #

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In Massachusetts, child care assistance is provided through DTA Child Care that provides free or low-cost child care for TAFDC families.

Current TAFDC recipients who qualify get first priority for child care. While former TAFDC recipients get child care right away, but may have to pay a fee based on income and family size.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Massachusetts?

Application for child care assistance can be done at your local Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) office. Talk to your TAFDC case worker or call 1-800-249-2007 for more information on how to apply.

Early Education and Care Financial Assistance for Families #

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Low-income non-TAFDC working families who need help paying for child care may apply for Early Education and Care Financial Assistance.

This program offered by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is limited to families with incomes not exceeding 50% of the state median income (SMI).

If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, call your local child care resource and referral agency (CCR&R) or call Mass 211 (dial 2-1-1) to have your name put on a statewide centralized waiting list.


Michigan #

Eligibility — 125 percent of poverty, 39 percent of state median income

The Child Development and Care (CDC) Program in Michigan offers payment assistance for child care services for low-income families who need help paying for child care.

Eligible families that qualify for the CDC program can choose their own child care provider. The state pays a portion of the cost of child care; while the parent is responsible to pay a co-payment to the provider each month.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Michigan?

Use the following Income Eligibility Chart to determine if you may be income eligible. If you think you're eligible for assistance, you may apply online through MI Bridges.


Minnesota #

Eligibility — 185 percent of poverty, 47 percent of state median income

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps parents with lower incomes pay for child care. Priority is given to families on MFIPMinnesota's welfare program.

CCAP has many subprograms to help families including

  1. Basic Sliding Fee (BSF), for parents who are working, looking for work, or going to school,
  2. MFIP Child Care, for parents on MFIP,
  3. Transition Year Child Care, for parents in the first year after leaving MFIP.

Families that qualify for the CCAP can choose their own child care provider. Since it's a subsidy, the county that you live in pays part of the cost of your child care and you have to pay a co-payment to the provider each month.

Generally families with very low incomes do not have a co-pay. Others may pay between $10 and a few hundred dollars each month depending on their income and family size.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Minnesota?

Complete and mail the application to your county human service office. Instead of completing the paper application, you may opt to apply online at ApplyMN.

In some counties, there is often a waiting list in place so it is best to apply as soon as possible to get on the list. To find out if your county has a waiting list, click here.


Mississippi #

Eligibility — 205 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

The Child Care Certificate Program is a federally funded program designed to provide parents with assistance with child care tuition. Parents may choose any type of child care while participating in this program.

Parents who meet the income and work requirement will be responsible for paying their child care provider a monthly co-payment fee. For more information, call 1-800-877-7882.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Mississippi?

Beginning January 2014, paper application will no longer be accepted. Families interested in applying for the Child Care Certificate Program must complete the online application along with other relevant documents.


Missouri #

Eligibility — 138 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Missouri CCS assists eligible families with payments for child care in Missouri. The purpose of this program is to help cover the cost of child care so that parents are able to gain employment and remain employed.

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Missouri?

Application for Child Care Subsidy can be done online through Missouri myDSS or in person at the local Family Support Division office that serves your area.

Funding is limited and there is often a waiting list in place. To check your eligibility, you may contact FSD at 1-855-FSD-INFO (1-855-373-4636).


Effective through December 31, 2021, parents who work, attend school, or train for work with an income from 138 to 215 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) may now qualify for Transitional Child Care.


Montana #

Eligibility — 185 percent of poverty

The Early Childhood Services Bureau offers “Best Beginnings Child Care Scholarships” to qualified low-income families in Montana whose child receives care from a licensed child care center.

Everyone that participates pays a co-payment based on a sliding fee scale. Effective June 1, 2021, co-payments are set at $10 per eligible family.

Recipients of the scholarship are working families, working care takers, TANF recipients, and parents in high school, college or pursuing a GED whose income is below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Single parent families are required to work a minimum of 60 hours each month unless they are attending school full-time. Those who are attending school part-time shall work no less than 40 hours each month.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Montana?

Families seeking child care assistance may apply online at
https://app.mt.gov/ccubs/


Nebraska #

Eligibility — 185 percent of poverty, 39 percent of state median income

Child Care Subsidy Program helps low-income families pay for the child care while they work, attend school, or both. Eligibility is based on the family's gross income and household size.

The income eligibility limit has been increased from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 185 percent. Families of two children with monthly income of no more than $3,380 are now eligible.

Families who are no longer income eligible for Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) may qualify for up to 24 months of "subsidized" child care under Transitional Child Care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Nebraska?

The first step is to apply through ACCESSNebraska and complete a phone interview or call 1-800-892-4453 for help finding a child care provider near you.


Nevada #

Eligibility — 127 percent of poverty, 45 percent of state median income

The CCDF Child Care Program assists low-income families, families receiving Nevada’s TANF and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work and earn a living.

The program subsidizes providers who care for children. The remaining cost of child care is covered by the families’ co-payments on a sliding fee basis.

Families with incomes of 45% or less of the state median income (SMI) are eligible for subsidized child care with priority given to children from TANF families.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Nevada?

Anyone may apply for child care assistance and receive a formal evaluation at
https://accessnevada.dwss.nv.gov


New Hampshire #

Eligibility — 220 percent of poverty, 52 percent of state median income

New Hampshire provides financial assistance for income-eligible New Hampshire families who need help paying for child care. This assistance is known as NH Child Care Scholarship.

Families who receive Financial Assistance to Needy Families (FANF) and are in the FANF work program are given priority and will not be placed on the wait list.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in New Hampshire?

There are 11 District Offices in NH that help families apply for child care assistance. To apply for a NH Child Care Scholarship, go to NH EASY or call one of the Family Services Specialists (FSS) at 1-800-852-3345.


New Jersey #

Eligibility — 195 percent of poverty, 44 percent of state median income

NJ Child Care Subsidy Program provides subsidized childcare voucher payments for working families and full time students who meet the guidelines mandated by the state of New Jersey.

This childcare subsidy will assist you to pay for childcare for infants, toddlers, preschool-age children, school-age children up to age 13, and for children with special needs up to age 19.

To be eligible, you must meet the strict income requirement and be employed full time for a minimum of 30 hours per week or be enrolled in a school/training program for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in New Jersey?

You can request an application by visiting or contacting your local CCR&R or printing one at www.ChildCareNJ.com. The CCR&R will review your application within 10 business days and make final determination of eligibility usually within 45 calendar days.

To learn more about state subsidies, or for help in finding quality child care, call

NJ Child Care Helpline
1-800-332-9227


New Mexico #

Eligibility — 200 percent of poverty, 80 percent of state median income

New Mexico CCAP provides childcare assitance for eligible families who meet the income eligibility requirements. In general, it covers families with income not exceeding 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in New Mexico?

First, take a 2-minute Am I Eligible Survey at https://www.nmececd.org/ and answer a few questions to determine your eligibility.

If you need help selecting a child care provider, please call Child Care Resource and Referral at 1-800-691-9067.


New York #

Eligibility — 195 percent of poverty, 54 percent of state median income

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) provides free or low cost child care to eligible families living in New York City. Fees for child care services, if any, are based on a sliding scale.

Eligibility is based on family’s income and reasons for needing child care. In general, families with incomes below 195% of the State Income Standard (SIS) or about $42,800 for a family of three may qualify for assistance.

Find out if you qualify for subsidized child care.

If you're interested in subsidized child care, you should apply by contacting ACS-funded programs in your area. Go to 311 Online to search for ACS-funded child care programs near you.


North Carolina #

Eligibility — 200 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

North Carolina's Subsidized Child Care Program provides child care assistance for income-eligible families who need help paying for child care through a voucher program.

Most families, including those receiving Work First Family Assistance, are required to pay a percentage of their child care costs based upon their gross monthly income — usually no more than 10%.

Funding for this program is limited, parents requesting financial assistance for child care are often placed on a waiting list until more funding becomes available.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in North Carolina?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, contact your County Child Care Contact to apply. The agency can inform you of the documentation that you need to bring to determine eligibility


North Dakota #

Eligibility — 218 percent of poverty, 60 percent of state median income

North Dakota CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.

Most families pay a co-payment, which is the amount you are required to pay towards the costs of child care — this sliding fee chart shows what the co-payment would be based on your income and household size.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in North Dakota?

Complete and submit an application online. The completed application will be directed to the appropriate Human Services Zone office.

For more information on the N.D. Child Care Assistance Program, contact the N.D. Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Policy Division at 1-800-755-2716.

Ohio #

Eligibility — 130 percent of poverty, 39 percent of state median income

Ohio CCAP is the state subsidy program targeted at low-income families who need help paying for child care. It provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents.

CCAP is available for children under age 13 whose parent is employed or enrolled in OHIO WORKS FIRST program. Some exceptions can be made for those that are disabled.

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on your income, family size and the number of children in care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Ohio?

Families who are eligible may apply for Ohio CCAP online at
https://ssp.benefits.ohio.gov/


Oklahoma #

Eligibility — 165 percent of poverty, 61 percent of state median income

CCAP in Oklahoma is available for children under age 13 or up to age 18 for children with special needs whose parent is either employed or enrolled in school.

Eligibility is based on family size, the number of children in care and amount of income. Families of three earning approximately $4000 a month may qualify.

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and you co-pay for a portion based on the size of the family, the amount of your income, and the number of children in care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Oklahoma?

You may apply online at OKDHSLive.org, and select Child Care from the Key Information list.


Oregon #

Eligibility — 180 percent of poverty, 58 percent of state median income

Working families whose income is below 180% of the Federal Poverty Level may be eligible for financial help with child care costs. This child care subsidy program is called Employment Related Day Care (ERDC).

This Child Care Copay Calculation tool helps you figure out your eligibility for the subsidy, and if so, how much of the child care bill (the copay) you would be responsible for paying.

ERDC helps parents stay employed, and children well cared-for in stable child care arrangements. Call 1-800-342-6712 for more info about the application process in your area.


Student parents who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for assistance to pay for child care costs through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission.

For more information on Student Child Care Program, contact

Peggy Cooksey, Grants Administrator
OSAC Grant Programs
1-800-452-8807 ext. 7443


Pennsylvania #

Eligibility — 195 percent of poverty, 56 percent of state median income

Subsidized child care in Pennsylvania is provided through the Child Care Works program that helps low income families afford quality child care.

Families with incomes up to 195% of federal poverty level or about $42,800 for a single mother of two, may qualify for child care subsidy.

As a condition of eligibility, participants are required to work at least 20 hours a week or work at least 10 hours a week and participate in an approved training program at least 10 hours a week.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Pennsylvania?

Submit an application to the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) serving your county to see if you meet the guidelines for the subsidized child care program or apply online by using COMPASS.

For more information, call the
Child Care Work
1-877-4-PA-KIDS


Rhode Island #

Eligibility — 180 percent of poverty, 46 percent of state median income

CCAP helps eligible working families in Rhode Island pay for child care. It is available to families with earnings up to 180% of the federal poverty level and are working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Depending on their family size, income level, and number of children, families may be required to pay a co-payment — usually no more than 8% of their income.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Rhode Island?

Families partipicating in Rhode Island Works (RIW) may complete an application for Child Care Assistance through a local DHS office. Those not receiving income support through RIW may apply online at https://healthyrhode.ri.gov/.

For additional details, please call the Department of Human Services at 1-855-697-4347. For assistance finding a provider, call BrightStars at 1-855-398-7605.


South Carolina #

Eligibility — 152 percent of poverty, 55 percent of state median income

Subsidized child care in South Carolina is provided through the SC Voucher Program that helps low income families afford quality child care. Families who have children with special needs may also apply.

Eligible families can choose their own child care provider. The program will reimburse child care providers up to a certain amount based on their quality level.

Family co-payments are based on a sliding fee scale ranging from $6 to $20 per child per week depending on family size and income. These co-payments are among the lowest in the nation.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in South Carolina?

If you need help finding a child care provider, you may call 1‐800‐476‐0199 to request a listing of enrolled SC Voucher Program providers in your area.


South Dakota #

Eligibility — 209 percent of poverty, 56 percent of state median income

South Dakota CCAP helps low-income families pay for the child care while they work, attend school, or both. Eligibility is based on the family's gross income and household size.

The program helps pay for child care for children under age 13 (or up to age 18 for children with special needs) if the family's income is less than 209% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Depending on where your income and household size falls on the scale, you may be required to make a co-payment or out-of-pocket expense.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in South Dakota?

Click here to apply online for CCAP

or fill out the application and mail it to:

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Division of Child Care Services
910 East Sioux Ave. Pierre, SD 57501


Tennessee #

Eligibility — 233 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Parents participating in the Families First program who need help paying for child care may receive financial assistance with the full cost of child care. No co-pay is required.

Eligibility is based on Families First income guidelines. In general, parents whose incomes not exceeding 233% of the federal poverty level may qualify.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Tennessee?

To apply for the service, contact your local DHS office to get an appointment for an eligibility interview. Once approved for child care payment assistance, the family may choose the type of care their best meets their needs.


Teen Child Care Assistance

This program is for eligible high school or middle school mothers. In order to receive child care assistance, these young mothers must stay in school. Parents must pay a co-pay fee based on a sliding income scale. For information, call 1-866-827-3372.


Texas #

Eligibility — 251 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Parents in Texas who work, attend school or participate in job training may be eligible for financial assistance to cover a portion or, in some cases, all of the cost of child care.

Eligibility criteria may vary in different regions of the state but generally, families with incomes not exceeding 85% of the state median income will qualify.

Due to limited funds available, parents applying for child care assitance may be added to a wait list. The wait time averages about 2-3 months.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Texas?

Eligibility requirements may vary by providers. Depending on what part of the state you live in, find your local Workforce Solutions office to access the availability of assistance or call the Texas Information and Referral Network (dial 2-1-1) to find out more.


Utah #

Eligibility — 175 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Utah has long had some of the least accessible child care in the country and it’s also too expensive for many families. The Child Care Assistance Program helps parents cover the cost of child care.

The amount of child care assistance is determined based on several factors and often do not cover the entire cost of a provider. Utah currently pays up to 75% of average childcare costs.

Families with incomes not exceeding 85% of the state median income level are eligible for assistance and as a condition of eligibility, parents receiving child care subsidy must be employed or enrolled in a training program.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Utah?

For your convenience, you may now apply for Utah CCAP online at jobs.utah.gov/mycase. Once approved for Child Care, the payment is sent directly to the provider you have selected.


Vermont #

Eligibility — 292 percent of poverty, 85 percent of state median income

Child care financial assistance (also known as child care subsidy) is a program that helps eligible families with the cost of child care.

The subsidy is paid directly to a qualified child care provider and the recipient pays the remaining cost. Payment rates are based on the child’s age, the type of provider you choose, and the number of authorized hours your child is in care.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Vermont?

If you need help paying for child care, you may request an application for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program from the community child care support agency in your area and ask for the eligibility specialist.

You may also use the Subsidy Prescreening Tool on the Agency of Human Services, Division for Children and Family website to see if you might qualify for child care benefits.


Virginia #

Eligibility — 244 percent of poverty, 64 percent of state median income

The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to the neediest families in Virginia to help pay for the cost of child care so they can work or attend education or training programs.

Recipients of TANF are considered income eligible for child care subsidy. Because funding is limited, you may be placed on a waiting list.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Virginia?

To screen for eligibility or apply online, visit CommonHelp — the official website to apply for public assistance in Virginia such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, energy and child care assistance.


Washington #

Eligibility — 195 percent of poverty, 54 percent of state median income

Working Connections Child Care (WCCC) helps low-income families in Washington pay for child care while they work or meet all TANF/WorkFirst requirements. Eligibility is based on income level and family size.

Families that qualify for the WCCCC program can choose their own child care provider. The state pays a portion of the cost of child care; while the parent is responsible to pay a co-payment to the provider each month.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Washington?

To find out if your family is eligible, call the DSHS Customer Service Call Center at 1-877-501-2233 or apply online through Washington Connection.

After you complete the application process, DSHS will tell you within 30 days if you qualify for assistance. If you are eligible and there is a spot available on the wait list, you will then be asked to choose your child care provider.


West Virginia #

Eligibility — 146 percent of poverty, 53 percent of state median income

If you are a West Virginia resident of Kanawha, Clay, Jackson or Roane counties, you meet certain income guidelines and participate in WV Works, you may be eligible for financial aid for child care costs.

The program pays for part of the child care costs and you are responsible for paying the difference. The actual amount is determined according to the family’s monthly gross income and is based on a sliding fee scale.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in West Virginia?

You must apply for child care assistance in person at any of designated location near you or call 1-888-595-8290 for more information.


Wisconsin #

Eligibility — 185 percent of poverty, 53 percent of state median income

Wisconsin’s Child Care Subsidy program — known as Wisconsin Shares, helps low-income working families pay for child care. If the parent is eligible, child care can be subsidized for children under the age of 13 (up to 19 if special needs).

The program pays for part of the child care costs, and the remaining cost is co-paid by the parent. The co-payment can be as low as 2% of the family’s gross income.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Wisconsin?

You may apply online at access.wisconsin.gov or apply in person at any W-2 agency near you. Either way, you'll have to go through a phone interview to determine your eligibility.


Wyoming #

Eligibility — 182 percent of poverty, 55 percent of state median income

The Child Care Subsidy Program helps low income Wyoming's families pay for the cost of care while working or in school. Eligibility is based on the family's gross income and household size.

The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.

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How do I apply for child care assistance in Wyoming?

If you're applying for the first time, contact the DFS office in your county and request an application or schedule an interview with DFS eligibility officer.