Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program (formerly Purchase of Care) helps limited-income
families pay for child care while parents work or attend school
or job training.
offers a subsidy for care provided by:
family child care homes,
care. Informal care is
by a relative in the child's home or in the relative's
by a non-relative in the child's home, or
provided by a non-relative in their own home for
less than 20 hours a month.
receive a voucher for each child needing care. A sliding scale,
based on household income, is used to determine the amount
of the voucher and the amount of the co-payment, which the
parents must pay. The amount of the voucher will also vary
based on the amount of care that is needed and the age of
the child. Parents purchase care directly from providers.
Their payment to the provider includes three parts:
additional payment necessary to cover the full cost
of care. (CCS vouchers and co-payments do not always
add up to the full amount charged by the provider.)
is administered by local departments of social services (DSS).
Click here for eligibility and