Child Day Care
The Ontario County Department of Social Services administers the Office of Children and Family Services Low-Income Child Care Program through the Temporary Assistance Unit. In June 2015, the income limit was increased to 175% of the poverty limit or below for its Child Care Program. The program has become more stable and has enabled Ontario County to assist working families that are at or under 175% of the poverty level to make childcare expenses more affordable. We are also currently assisting teen parents that need to attend High School. 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 household 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 November 1st, 2017, the Low-Income Child Care Unit is currently assisting 239 families which includes 468 children in Ontario County to help cover the child care expense so the families can continue to be self-sufficient.