Paying for Child Care
Financial assistance and related help

From The Office of Children and Family Services:

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In general, families are eligible for financial assistance if they meet the state's low income guidelines and need child care to work, look for work, or attend employment training. You are guaranteed child care if you are on Temporary Assistance and need child care in order to meet any work participation requirements. You are also guaranteed assistance in paying for child care for one year after leaving Temporary Assistance if you left Temporary Assistance for a job and need child care to go to work.

Your County Department of Social Services (in New York City, the Human Resources Administration and Agency for Child Development) determines family eligibility based on income, reasons for needing day care, and your child's age and individual needs. In most cases, families receiving a child care subsidy can choose any legal child care provider.

Types of Assistance

Below are just some of the types of assistance available to families with low incomes or other financial constraints. They include government programs and assistance that can be established between you and your child’s program or provider. Each type of child care financial assistance has different qualifications, so work with your local CCR&R to make sure you get all the facts.

Type of Assistance Description, More Information & Eligibility Requirements

NYS Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Designed to assist families with low incomes who are employed or underemployed with the cost of child care for children up to the age of 4.

NYC Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

The New York City Child Care Tax Credit (CCTC) is designed to assist families with low incomes who are employed or underemployed with the cost of child care for children up to the age of 4.

Child Care Subsidy

Child care subsidies are provided by social services districts to enable parents and families to work or engage in other approved activities. Child care subsidies help families to pay for some or all of the cost of child care services. Social services districts can pay the cost of care up to the market rate. |

NYC Child Care Subsidy

The Administration for Children's Services (ACS) funds free or low cost subsidized child care services for eligible families living in New York City. Child care is available for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, while children with special needs may be able to receive care through age 18. | Dial 311 for more information

NACCRRA Military Families Fee Assistance Program

Military families may be eligible to receive a monthly subsidy to help offset the cost of child care. | or dial 1 (800) 424-2246.


Child care programs may offer financial assistance/scholarships to families in need.

Sliding Fee Scale

Some child care programs offer a fee reduction to families based on income and family size

Sibling Discount

Programs may reduce fees when caring for more than one child in the family

For advice on healthy child care budgeting and additional information on financial assistance available to families, check out Child Care Aware’s brochure.