Last Updated on January 15, 2024 by Lori Pace
The new Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial aid to parents who are working or in some cases parents who are attending school to cover the cost of certified child care in their homes or centers. Families with low incomes are typically eligible for childcare subsidies. Eligibility criteria vary from state to state.
Childcare subsidies can increase employment among single mothers. This is especially true for those who have low incomes or do not possess high-school education. Single mothers receiving subsidies work longer hours and adhere to more regular work schedules. Mothers receiving subsidies seem to earn more and stay in their jobs longer than mothers without assistance, which could be related to the better intellectual development of children. A Wisconsin study found that participants who enrolled in the program for at least 12 months saw an increase in earnings and employment. The recipients may pay less than mothers who do not receive subsidies for child care.
Subsidies may encourage single mothers, particularly those with young children or less education, to enroll in school and/or job training. This may be a way to help those who are experiencing violence from their intimate partners maintain their employment and reduce child care related work interruptions.
The new Child Care Subsidy program is designed to help lower-income individuals to afford childcare through agency funds. Its program is able to immediately serve eligible dependent children under the age of 13 or disabled children under 18.
Eligibility for New Child Care Subsidy Program
You must meet the following requirements to qualify for childcare subsidies:
- You must be an eligible individual who has dependent children under the age of 13 or disabled children under 18.
- You must have a household total income adjusted of less than $100,000 per annum.
- Use licensed or regulated child care by local and state authorities.
- Work full-time
The maximum amount of the new childcare subsidy per family per year is $5,000.00 Applications will be processed in the order in which they arrive. Approved applications become effective on the first day of the month they were received.
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
If you contribute to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, (DCFSA),: According to Section 129, the Internal Revenue Code allows an employee to exclude up to $5,000.00 per year from their gross income. The DCFSA, as well as the New Child Care Subsidy Program, would be included. The maximum amount of subsidy from either program is $5,000.00.
How to Apply for the New Child Care Subsidy Program
People may apply for a subsidy at any time. They can submit a complete application package online, by email, fax, or postal mail. Those interested in participating should carefully review the requirements and information, and then follow the procedures.
- Employees who have not enrolled their children in childcare should find a licensed or regulated family or center-based childcare provider and confirm that there are spaces available for them before they apply for a subsidy. After verifying the availability of space, employees may complete the subsidy forms.
- Fill out the application form if you already have your child(rens) in licensed or regulated child care.