Subsidized child care is a program funded through State and Federal dollars to assist parents with the cost of child care. Families receiving financial assistance may choose the child care program that best meets their needs.
In order to qualify for financial assistance for child care, parents must meet the program's income guidelines and must have a need for child care. For most parents, the need for child care is that they are working full-time or are enrolled in school full-time. The subsidy program can assist parents with the cost of child care for children ages 0 - 12.
Presently more than 150 child care programs participate in the child care subsidy program. Parents may take their voucher to the child care program of their choice. The Child Care Subsidy Unit is available to assist parents with locating quality child care programs.
When Subsidy funding is limited, the Child Care Subsidy Program maintains a waiting list for parents requesting financial assistance for child care. Parents who are interested in being placed on the waiting list for financial assistance should contact the Child Care Subsidy Unit at Social Work Services by phone, 250-5500.
Click here to see state income guidelines for Subsidized Child Care.
Helpful Items to Bring
When you come in for an appointment, make sure to bring proof of employment or school attendance verification, check stubs verifying wages and Social Security numbers for all family members.
How are services paid for?
Subsidized child care is a program funded through State and Federal dollars to assist parents with the cost of child care.
Child Care Subsidy Manuals (NCDHHS)
Application for Child Care Services (PDF)
Please note: funding for this program is limited and at times there is a waiting list for services. It is important to apply in order to get on the waiting list.