Child Care Financial Assistance

Child Care Financial Assistance helps eligible families with the cost of child care. Payments are made directly to child care providers.

Eligibility for Assistance

To be eligible for assistance, your family must:

  1. Have an accepted service need (reason) for child care; and
  2. Meet current income guidelines.

Use the Subsidy PreScreening Tool to see if you qualify for child care benefits. It's quick and confidential.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Online using the Bright Futures Information System (BFIS).
    1. Click here to go to the online application; and
    2. Send any required documents such as paystubs to your local community child care support agency;
  2. Complete a paper application.
    1. Print a copy of the application form;
    2. Complete any required suplemental forms; and
    3. Send your completed application, along with copies of required documentation (e.g., pay stubs or supplemental forms) to your local child care support agency

You can also request a paper application from your local agency.

For More Information

  • Click here to download the Child Care Financial Assistance booklet.
  • Click here to read the Program Regulations.
  • Click here to read the Child Care Financial Assistance Program's Policies & Procedures.

Other Types of Financial Assistance

  1. Take advantage of child care tax benefits.
    There are several federal and state tax credits that may reduce the amount of taxes you owe.

  2. Ask your provider about scholarships and or sliding fee scales.
    Some families who do not qualify for child care financial assistance still struggle to make ends meet. Ask your provider if they provide scholarships or determine rates upon ability to pay.
  3. Check with your employer.
    Some employers are able to support working families and rising child care costs. Ask your employer about the option to deduct child care expenses prior to taxes, child care contributions, flextime, and onsite child care benefits.

Information for Child Care Financial Assistance Eligibility Specialists

This includes policies & procedures and forms.