Child Care Assistance Program

"Do I Qualify for Childcare Assistance?" Questionnaire

The Ontario County Department of Social Services administers the Office of Children and Family Services Child Care Assistance Program through the Temporary Assistance Unit. The income guidelines are changing to 85% of the State Median Income or below for a family to qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program, effective 10/01/23. 

The program has enabled Ontario County to assist working families in making childcare expenses more affordable. We are also currently assisting teen parents that need to attend High School and adults with children who are attending other educational programs such as a college degree or a training program such as CNA training.  

Each family is required to pay a family fee that is based on their income and household size directly to their approved childcare provider. Through the New York State Child Care Block Grant, the childcare unit pays the balance of the cost of care (up to the current market rate) directly to the provider or to the parent if care is provided in the child’s home. Each family chooses which childcare provider they will use to care for their children. Also, for households that work an overnight shift, the agency can pay up to another 8 hours/day sleep time. All providers that are eligible for a subsidy payment must be approved through the Office of Children and Family Services and/or Child and Family Resource Center. 

As of August 31st, 2023, the Child Care Assistance Program is currently assisting 333 families which includes 738 children in Ontario County to help cover the childcare expenses so families can continue to be self-sufficient.

Please email applications to:

2023-2024 Child Care Income Guidelines
Daycare Market Rates

Child Care Assistance Application

Solicitud De Asistencia Para Cuidado Infantil

How To Complete the Child Care Assistance Application