Child Care Assistance Program
The Child Care Assistance program can help you pay part or all of your child care expenses each month.
To see if you’re eligible, see the FAQs section below.
Below are links to common forms.
First Time Applicants
For Any Changes
(Add/remove child, change hours, change provider, etc)
What is the Child Care Assistance Program?
The Child Care Assistance Program provides parents who are working or in school with financial assistance to help pay for their child care.
You must choose a licensed child care center, school-age program, head start, type B home provider or a certified in-home aide provider in order to qualify.
You may still be required to pay for part of your child care, called a fee or co-payment. The amount you pay is based on your income and family size.
Who is Eligible?
Families with children that meet a “gross monthly income test” based on income and family size may be eligible.
Gross monthly income includes unearned income – for example, Social Security benefits – and earned income – such as wages before taxes.
If your family’s gross monthly income is at or below 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL), your caretaker may be eligible for publicly funded child care.
Check the chart below to see if you are income eligible:
|Size of Household||Annual Income (130%)||Monthly Income (130%)|
|For each additional household member||add $5,412||add $451|
Ongoing eligibility may be maintained if your family’s gross monthly income is at or below 300% of the FPL.
Check the chart below to check your ongoing eligibility:
|Size of Household||Annual Income (300%)||Monthly Income (300%)|
|For each additional household member||add $12,492||add $1,041|
Please note: Your copays will increase as your income reaches 300% of the FPL.
How Much are Copayments?
To determine your weekly copayment, click the link below:
Please note: The income in the chart is listed as monthly. The copay is listed as weekly. The amount you pay is the same regardless of the amount of children you send for child care.
In addition, both parents must to be working or enrolled in basic education classes or vocational classes.
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