Child care is one of the biggest monthly expenses families will face. Child care rates vary by age, provider type and county. Our Child Care Rates by County & Provider Type table lists the average weekly cost for child care by county, age of child, and provider type.
Each of the following financial assistance options has different eligibility requirements. It is important to get more information on each type of assistance to determine if your family is eligible.
The Children’s Cabinet Subsidy Program is a financial assistance program for eligible parents who are working or seeking employment.
- Parent Application for Child Care Subsidy
- Parent Application for Child Care Subsidy – Spanish
- Choosing a Child Care Provider for Subsidy Program Participation – English
- Choosing a Child Care Provider for Subsidy Program Participation – Spanish
- Program Reporting Requirements
- FAQs about Subsidy
- Contact Subsidy Program Assistant – Jennifer Zimmerman
Other Financial Support Options
The National Association Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) – Military Family Subsidies (NACCRRA) is working with Department of Defense (DoD) to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Through several innovative civilian/military efforts among DoD, NACCRRA, and Child Care Resource & Referral agencies, like The Children’s Cabinet, we are building the quality and capacity of child care throughout the country.
Head Start / Early Head Start – These are federally funded full- or part-time programs that provide free child care and other services to help meet the health and school readiness needs of eligible children. Most families who access Head Start or Early Head Start must have incomes that meet federal poverty guidelines.
Earned Income Tax Credit – This credit can put more money in the pockets of families meeting eligibility guidelines. For more information, call your local IRS office and request Publication 596 on Earned Income Credits, or contact an accountant or tax preparer.
Child Care Tax Credits – If you have a dependent child under the age of 17, you may be able to get the Child Tax Credit, which can be worth hundreds of dollars per child. The income limit for the Child Tax Credit is much higher than for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Contact your local IRS office, or contact an accountant or tax preparer for more information.
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit – If you have a child under 13 and owe federal income taxes, this tax credit can help cover a portion or all of the taxes you owe if you qualify. Contact your local IRS office, or contact an accountant or tax preparer for more information.
See the National Women’s Law Center’s 2012 Tax Credit Fact Sheet or visit the National Women’s Law Center for more information on tax credits.