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Divisions > Early Childhood Development > Child Care Subsidy Program
Child Care Subsidy Branch


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Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Program (formerly the Purchase of Care-POC Program)

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Purpose of Subsidy Program
-Requirements
-Eligibility
-How Does CCS Work?
-Application
-Priorities for Service
-Voucher System
-Co-Payment

NOTE:  Maryland State government offices will be closed on the following Service Reduction Days:

·          Wednesday, January 1, 2014

·          Monday, January 20, 2014

·          Monday, February 17, 2014

·          Friday, May 23, 2014

·          Monday, May 26, 2014

·          Friday, July 4, 2014

·          Monday, September 1, 2014

·          Monday, October 13, 2014

·          Tuesday, November 11, 2014

·          Thursday, November 27, 2014

·          Friday, November 28, 2014

·          Thursday, December 25, 2014

Please understand that these Service Reduction Days will affect service delivery.  Processing of Child Care Subsidy applications and payments will be delayed, as well as Credentialing and Licensing determinations.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

NEW!  PROVIDERS:  Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be new requirements for programs receiving Child Care Subsidy.  A new quality rating and improvement system, Maryland EXCELS, requires mandatory participation for programs receiving Child Care Subsidy reimbursement.  Participation is easy!  To learn more, click on www.MarylandExcels.org.  You may enter your program information and submit your application online.
    ·  Click here to learn more about the upcoming mandatory
     participation requirements, including timeline and
     deadlines.

NOTE:  Child Care Subsidy Opens Additional Income Levels for Low-Income Families

The Maryland State Department of Education opened part of its child care subsidy waiting list for low-income working families on March 11, 2013.  With this reopening, child care subsidies are available to additional eligible Maryland families with a child care need.  Eligibility for the subsidy is based on income level and family size.  For example, a family of three can have an annual gross income of up to $23,676 and still be eligible.  Vouchers were issued to eligible families effective for service beginning March 11, 2013.  Eligible families with higher income continue to be placed in frozen status. Click here for more details.


PURPOSE OF SUBSIDY PROGRAM

The purpose of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Program is to provide financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families through each local department of social services. The CCS Program issues vouchers to eligible families in need of help with the cost of child care. To receive this assistance, families must meet certain requirements. In addition to help with the cost of child care, families can receive help locating a licensed child care provider.

REQUIREMENTS

The applicant must be:

  • A Maryland resident who is working, in an approved training program, or in public school.
  • A recipient of Temporary Cash Assistance or Supplemental Security Income or within CCS income guidelines.
  • Willing to have your child immunized by Maryland State standards.
  • Pursuing child support.

ELIGIBILITY

Families in the following categories may be eligible:

Family Size Maximum Annual Income
Family of 2 $24,277
Family of 3 $29,990
Family of 4 $35,702
Family of 5 $41,414
Family of 6 $47,127
Family of 7 $48,198
Family of 8 $49,269
Family of 9 $50,340
Family of 10 $51,411


NOTE: For teen parents and non-parent custodians $5,000 is disregarded from their gross annual income

To apply, a family must submit the following information to their local department of social services:

• The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Application
• Verifications of work activity and income

The contact information for the Local Departments of Social Services may be found on the Department of Human Resources website: www.dhr.state.md.us/county.php.


HOW DOES C.C.S. WORK?

Eligible families receive a voucher from the local department of social services to take to the provider of their choice either a regulated (licensed center or home) or informal (self arranged) provider. Families that need assistance in finding a regulated provider are directed to the statewide LOCATE: Child Care service that is available through the Maryland Child Care Resource Network. The voucher indicates the local departments subsidy rate and the parental assigned copayment. The subsidy is paid bi-weekly by the centralized payment processing center to the providers. The family must pay the copayment directly to the providers.


APPLICATION

THE APPLICANT MUST SUBMIT:

  • A signed application to the local department of social services.
  • Verification of wages (most recent 4 weeks of pay stubs or a letter from the employer stating work schedule and gross salary).
  • Verification of training or school attendance with days and hours of activity.
  • Verification of child support payments or an application to agree to pursue child support. 

    Application - English      Solicitud - en español

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Proof of identity for all household members includes, but is not limited to, a valid unexpired United States passport, a birth certificate, a valid driver's license or a current photo identification card.
  • Proof of address (apartment or house lease; electric, gas, water or phone bill)
  • Proof of income (most recent 4 weeks of pay stubs or a letter from the employer stating gross salary)
  • If you are a student, proof of enrollment
  • Proof that your child(ren) has met the Maryland State Immunization requirement.
  • If you are a single parent, proof that you have met child support requirements by reporting information about the absent parent.  

PRIORITIES FOR SERVICE

  • Temporary Cash Assistance applicants or recipients who are working, in job training, or in public school receive top priority.
  • Families who have received TCA at any time during the last 6 months.
  • Income eligible families, not receiving Temporary Cash Assistance who are in public school, working or in training to lead to employment.

VOUCHER SYSTEM

A voucher is a coupon given to a customer by the local department for use in purchasing child care from a provider.
The voucher is valid for a maximum of 12 months from the effective date.
There are two types of vouchers:

FORMAL VOUCHER :
Care may be provided by:

  • Maryland registered family home; or
  • Maryland licensed child care center.

INFORMAL VOUCHER:
Care may be provided by:

  • A relative in the relative’s home or in the child’s home;
  • A non-relative in the child’s home;
  • A non relative in the non relative’s home for less than 20 hours per month.

CO-PAYMENT

A voucher co-payment is the amount that the customer is assigned to pay to the provider towards the cost of child care by the local department of social services.

  • The youngest child in care is considered the first child in the household and is assessed the highest co-payment.
  • The second child in care, who is the next oldest, is assessed a lower co-payment.
  • The third child in care, who is the next oldest to the second, will have the same co-payment as the second child.
  • No co-payment is assigned for the fourth and subsequent child.

Families eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance and Supplemental Security Income have a $0 assigned co-payment for all children.


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