Help Paying for Child Care

Most child care programs charge a fee. The amount of the fee varies by the type of care, age of child, hours in care and by the program.
NYS Office of Child and Family Services reports on the market rates after surveying child care providers approximately every five years.
There are programs that may charge the market rate, programs that may charge more and programs that may charge less than the market rate. For the current market rate visit http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/subsidy_program.asp or call Child Care Connections.
When inquiring about the cost of care ask if meals and snacks are included, if there are late fees, sibling discounts, sliding fee scales, employer supports and pre-paid discounts. Ask about absence fees and if payments are required under certain conditions when your child is not in attendance.
Answers to these questions can greatly affect the yearly cost of care.
In general, families are eligible for financial assistance if they meet the state’s low income guidelines and need child care to work, look for work, or attend employment training. You are guaranteed child care if you are on Temporary Assistance and need child care in order to meet any work participation requirements. You are also guaranteed assistance in paying for child care for one year after leaving Temporary Assistance if you left Temporary Assistance for a job and need child care to go to work. Your County Department of Social Services (in New York City, the Human Resources Administration and the Administration for Children’s Services) determines family eligibility based on income, reasons for needing day care, and your child’s age and individual needs. In most cases, families receiving a child care subsidy can choose any legal child care provider.

If you are interested in finding out if you are eligible for a child care subsidy, or if you would like to apply for a subsidy for your child, contact your local Department of Social Services. If you want general information about child care subsidies, your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) can also help you.

1091 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-334-5489
http://ulstercountyny.gov

25 Railroad Avenue
P.O. Box 458
Hudson, NY 12534
Phone: 518-828-9411
http://www.columbiacountyny.com/dept_links.html

411 Main Street
P.O. Box 528
Catskill, NY 12414
Phone: 518-719-3700
Toll Free Phone: 877-794-9268
http://greenegovernment.com

Ulster County Columbia County Greene County
Size of Family 200% Income Level Size of Family 200% Income Level Size of Family 200% Income Level
1 $24,120 1 $23,760 1 $23,760
2 $32,480 2 $32,040 2 $32,040
3 $40,840 3 $40,320 3 $40,320
4 $49,200 4 $48,600 4 $48,600
5 $57,560 5 $56,880 5 $56,880
6 $65,920 6 $65,160 6 $65,160
7 $74,280 7 $73,460 7 $73,460
8 $82,640 8 $81,780 8 $81,780


For other possible financial assistance programs contact (not including child care assistance):

Family of Woodstock, Inc. • http://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org

Hudson Valley 2-1-1 • http://www.hudson211.org/cms

Catholic Charities of Ulster County • (845) 340-9170

Ulster County Community Action Committee, Inc. • (845) 338-8750

Ulster County Department of Social Services • (845)334-5000

Kingston and Ulster Salvation Army • (845) 331-1803

Columbia Opportunities • (518) 828-4611

Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties • (518) 943-1462

Salvation Army of Columbia County • (518) 828-0420

Cairo Food Pantry • (518) 622-0038

Community Action of Greene County, Inc. • (518) 943-9205