Child Care

Need Help Paying For Child Care?

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families in paying child care costs for children under age 13 who are not eligible to attend public school during the part of the day when public education is available, or children with special needs under age 18 who reside with the applicant. If you are eligible and are approved for services, the Subsidy Program can pay a portion of your child care costs directly to the child care provider.

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Basic Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program, you must:

  • Be a Virginia resident who is either:
    • Actively employed or engaged in a job search. Let your local department of social services know if you are searching for a job during your phone interview;
    • Participating in an education or training program;
    • Receiving child protective services (CPS);
    • Participating in an assigned activity for the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work (VIEW); or
    • Participating in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAPET) plan of participation.
  • Provide documentation of child’s citizenship or legal residence in the United States.
  • Provide documentation of child’s immunization requirements as outlined by the State Board of Health.
  • Provide documentation of household income that does not exceed the limits of the locality in which you reside.

Families of a child experiencing homelessness that cannot provide the required documentation needed to determine eligibility at the time of application may be conditionally approved for services for a period not to exceed 90 days.

Application Process

Two ways to apply for the Child Care Subsidy Program

Your application will be reviewed within 30 days. During that time, you may be required to participate in an interview and provide documentation of basic eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible, and approved for services, your local department will authorize child care with a participating child care provider of your choice, and a portion of your child care costs will be paid directly to your provider.

Finding Child Care

Parents have different provider options they may choose to best fit the needs of their family. All parents want to support their child’s health, happiness and development. High quality child care programs feature enriched experiences that are linked to greater achievement and success in school and in life.

The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of child care so they can work or attend education or training programs. The Child Care Subsidy Program services are child-centered and family-focused and support the broader objective of strengthening families’ goals of economic self-sufficiency and quality early childhood programs for their children. Participating families may select any legally operating child day care facility eligible to participate in the program.

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