Child Care Subsidies
Enable Eligible Parents
to Work or Attend School
Parents must apply for child care subsidies through State or local agencies. To be eligible, parents must be able to show that:
• They need child care to work, attend school, or receive training;
• Their income is not higher than a certain level set by their State; and
• The child receiving care is under the age of 13 (note: age eligibility may vary by State)
Subsidies may be attached to a center or site, meaning that in order to receive the subsidy, the parent must enroll their child in that program. These centers usually receive quite a bit of state oversight and are often required to meet higher standards than centers not receiving state funding.
Parents can also choose child care vouchers (sometimes called certificates). Vouchers may be used with any participating child care provider the parent selects.
Some local governments also fund child care programs.
Click on your state to find out about what subsidies are available in your area.
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