Eligibility Requirements for Child Day Care Subsidy

With the exception of teen parents enrolled in school full-time, parent(s)/caretaker and live-in companion must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week or meet a work/training combo of 20 hours per week.

Subsidized child care is available to provide care for a child only if no family member is available to care for the child. Children must be under 13 years of age to be eligible for child care services unless there is a disability.

Required information from working parent(s)/caretaker(s) and any live-in companion(s) in the household:

  • Employment verification stating the days and hours that you work, your pay frequency, and your anticipated gross wage per pay period. Child Care Information Services (CCIS) can supply an Employment Verification Form.
  • Current pay verification covering 4 weeks employment within the most recent 6 weeks (they do not need to be consecutive). If you have pending employment starting within 30 days or new employment, you will have 30 days to verify your wages.
  • All additional income, which could include Child support, Social Security Income (SSI), Unemployment Compensation, or Workers Compensation. All income information will be verified.

When a waiting list exists for funds in a county:

A family may apply and be placed on the waiting list for funding according to the application date. The length of time on a waiting list varies according to the availability of funds.

If you are a teen parent, we encourage you to apply; however, to be eligible you must:

Be enrolled in an educational program full-time if you have not finished high school or completed a GED. There is no work requirement for a teen parent who is attending school. However, if you are working, child care for school hours, as well as for work hours, can be subsidized.

*Income guidelines are not the final consideration for the subsidized child care program.

  • There are a number of factors that are taken into account when determining eligibility. 
  • Consider applying even if you believe that you may not be eligible for subsidized child care based on these income guidelines. You may be eligible after a final and accurate calculation of your gross income is conducted and allowable deductions are considered.