Help Paying for Child Care

The Child Care and Development Program is designed to promote equal access to families for child care services. All families, regardless of income or location, should have the opportunity to enroll their child in a setting that provides them with a safe, loving, and stimulating environment.

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.


Subsidy Program

The Children’s Cabinet Subsidy Program is a financial assistance program for eligible parents who are working or seeking employment. Parents can APPLY ONLINE or print out and complete the application below.


Other Financial Support Options

Financial Assistance Options Fact Sheet Click on our Financial Assistance Options Fact Sheet for a printable document with information on Head Start, TANF, WIC, Early Intervention, SNAP, Medicaid, Sliding Fee Scale, and other supports for families. This document is also available in Spanish: Spanish Financial Assistance Options Fact Sheet

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.



Our Impact This Year

  • 1,277

    Parents helped with classes and training
  • 334

    Families helped with no-cost counseling services
  • 16,577

    Youth assisted through School and Street Outreach
  • 12,000

    Families helped through The Children's Cabinet Programs