Child Care Subsidy (Help Paying for Child Care)

The Child Care Subsidy program uses state and federal funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families.


You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if:

  • 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

How to Apply

  • The agency will inform you whether you need to schedule an appointment or simply stop by to apply for services.
  • The agency can inform you of the documentation that you need to bring to determine eligibility
  • Eligibility determination is valid for 12 months for child care services, provided the family remains eligible.
  • The parent must report to a child care social worker in the agency any change in their circumstances that may affect eligibility within 5 working days of the change
  • Examples of changes in family situation or employment that must be reported include:
    • Marriage, separation or divorce
    • Change in family size
    • Change of job or work shift or in the number of hours or days employed
    • Increase or decrease in income from employment, child support or any other source
    • Loss of employment, including leave of absence or temporary layoff
    • Change in school enrollment or attendance
    • Child receiving services moves out of the home or
    • Change of address 


If you meet the eligibility, contact your County Child Care Contact to apply.