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Is Child Care Subsidy an Option for My Family?

To qualify for the child care subsidy program, a family needs to meet both the situational and financial criteria.

Situational Criteria

You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if one or more of the following situations apply to your family:

  • You are working or are attempting to find work
  • You are in school or in a job training program
  • Your child is receiving child protective services
  • Your child needs care to support child welfare services or if your family is experiencing a crisis
  • Your child has developmental needs

Financial Criteria

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. The parent fee percentages are 10%, 9%, and 8% and are based on family size.

Using the table below, you can determine whether you may meet the financial criteria to receive child care subsidy. If you meet the financial criteria, you can estimate your child care subsidy costs.

For Example

Using the table below, a family size of 3 earning $3,568 per month would be expected to pay 10% of their monthly income for child care. The family's total fee would be $357 for full-time care regardless of the number of children in care. The family would pay the $357 to the child care provider and the local purchasing agency would pay the remaining cost of the care to the child care provider.

Maximum Income Eligibility Limits have Increased as of August 1, 2013

Family Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Parental Fee Percentage

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