Child Day Care
The Ontario County Department of Social Services administers the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Low-Income Child Care Program through the Temporary Assistance Unit. The income limit is currently at 300% of the poverty limit or below for its Child Care Program.
This program has enabled Ontario County to assist working families to making childcare expenses more affordable. We are also currently assisting teen parents who need to attend High School and adults with children who are attending other educational programs such as a 2-year 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 Low-Income 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 who are eligible for a subsidy payment must be approved through OCFS and/or Child and Family Resource Center.
As of December 31st, 2022, the Low-Income Child Care Unit is currently assisting 263 families which includes 495 children in Ontario County to help cover childcare expenses so families can continue to be self-sufficient.