Childcare For Single Moms

Last Updated on January 18, 2024 by Lori Pace

Single mothers today often work full-time and may even go to school, to achieve a better future for their children. Therefore, single moms always need childcare. However, It can also be very expensive. But worry not! There are programs that offer childcare assistance at both the local and state levels.

Health And Wellbeing Childcare For Single Moms

Head Start

Head Start, is a federal program that offers educational, nutritional, and healthcare services for low-income children. Single mothers can prepare their preschoolers to succeed in elementary school. You can use the online locator to locate a Head Start center near you or call 1-866-763-6481

Early Head Start

Head Start for toddlers and infants is Early Head Start. This program offers resources to children who are low-income or disadvantaged. To locate a Head Start center near you, use the locator.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for homes

The Child and Adult Care Food Program provides healthy meals for children, seniors, and disabled daycare residents. States administer the federal assistance program, which provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible children and adults. You can apply through the State agency or daycare center sponsoring the program.

Child And Adult Care Food Program Cacfp For Homes

Special Education Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers Program

Single mothers with disabled children can benefit from the Special Education Parent Training and Information Centers Program. They are provided with support to help the child develop his academic and independent living skills. You can choose between three programs: parent training and information centers, community parent resource centers, or technical assistance for parent centers.

Low-Income Support Childcare For Single Moms

Child and Dependent Care Credit program

You may be eligible for the Child and Dependent Care Credit tax credit. You can apply this tax credit to your federal income tax return. If you care for a dependent such as a child, or an adult who is mentally or physically disabled, you may be eligible. You can view the IRS website for additional qualifications and find a tax professional. You may contact them through 800-829-3676.

Child Tax Credit Program

Based on your income and child’s qualifications, the Child Tax Credit can provide up to $1,000. The instructions and federal income tax return must be filed. Additional assistance is available at low-income taxpayer clinics in your locality.

Social Services Block Grant (SSBG)

Social Services Block Grants (SSBG), a program that provides a variety of social services for low-income communities, offers a broad range of services. Services that are most commonly offered include child and adult daycares, independent living counseling, job training, and adoption centers. Each state has its own eligibility requirements and different types of services. Local welfare offices can provide services for single mothers.

Social Services Block Grant Ssbg
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Childcare Access Program For Single Moms

Single mothers can access child care services through the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools Program (CCAMPIS). Parents with low incomes can attend college or university while their children are taken care of on campus. Grants are available for up to four years of schooling and are granted to qualified applicants. Contact a representative at (202) 453-7121 or

Special Improvement Project Grant

Special Improvement Project (SIP grant) provides funding for national and state child support programs. Single parents can get the help of the state to pursue the child support they require. Contact 1-800-518-4726 or for more information. 

Chafee Foster Care Independent Living

Foster-care children can transition to adulthood through the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. They are supported in finding work, getting an education, and finding housing. The Educational and Training Vouchers Program, (ETV), provides annual vouchers of $5,000 for education and job training. Call 1-800-394-3366 or for assistance.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!