For Child Care Providers
Child Care Subsidy Program
The Child Care Subsidy (CSS), formerly purchase of care, helps
limited-income families pay for child care while parents work
or attend school or job training.
|CCS offers a subsidy for care provided by:
- child care centers,
- registered family child care homes,
- informal care. Informal care is
- care by a relative in the child's home or in the
- care by a non-relative in the child's home, or
- care provided by a non-relative in their own home
for less than 20 hours a month.
Families receive a voucher for each child needing care. A
sliding scale, based on household income, is used to determine
the amount of the voucher and the amount of the co-payment,
which the parents must pay. The amount of the voucher will
also vary based on the amount of care that is needed and the
age of the child.
Parents purchase care directly from providers.
Their payment to the provider
includes three parts:
- the CCS voucher
- the parent's co-payment
- any additional payment necessary to cover the full
cost of care. (CCS vouchers and co-payments do not
always add up to the full amount charged by the provider.)
Parents obtain CCS vouchers from the local departments of
social services (DSS). The voucher will indicate the subsidy
(which will be paid to you by the local DSS) and the co-payment
amount (which must be paid to you by the parent).
You are not legally required to accept CCS vouchers.
If you decide to accept CCS
- You can accept the combined amount of the voucher
and copayment, or
- If your regular rate is higher than the combined
amount of the voucher and copayment, you can ask the
parent to make up the difference. However, providers
may not charge their CCS clients more than their non-CCS
clients. In addition, many providers find it difficult
to collect any additional payment from limited income
families served by CCS.
- You and the parent will review, complete, and sign
- You return the completed voucher to your local DSS
- Licensed providers must request from DSS and complete
a "market rate sheet".
- You complete a monthly invoice for your CCS clients
and submit this to your local DSS office.
- You will be paid monthly.
For instructions on how to assist a parent
in applying for the Child Care Subsidy program, click here to
go to the CCS For Parents page.
For reimbursement rates -- which vary by region of
the state, age of the child (infants versus children over
2), number children in the family needing care, and the amount
of care needed -- click here.
For special instructions for informal providers,