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The Child Care Subsidy Programs (CCSP)

What it is:

The Child Care Subsidy Programs help families to pay for child care through either:

  1. Working Connections Child Care, or
  2. Seasonal Child Care.

How to apply:

Who is eligible:

  • The Working Connections Child Care program pays for child care subsidies to eligible households with parents who are working or are participating in a DSHS approved work activity and whose children meet citizenship requirements.
  • The Seasonal Child Care program pays for child care subsidies to eligible seasonally employed agricultural families who live in designated counties and are not receiving TANF benefits.

For Working Connections Child Care, DSHS can help pay for:

  • Licensed or certified child care centers
  • Licensed or certified family child care homes
  • Relatives who provide care in their own homes
  • Adults who come to your home to provide care

For Seasonal Child Care, DSHS can help pay for:

  • Licensed or certified child care centers
  • Licensed or certified family child care homes
All child care providers must pass a criminal background check and provide:
  • A valid social security number which verifies their authorization to work in the U.S.
  • A valid picture identification with a current address

To apply for CCSP:

  • You may apply by calling 1-877-501-2233 or online at Online Application for Services or come in to your local Community Services Office.
  • Apply for services as soon as you know you will need them. Your benefits start no sooner than the day you apply.
  • You will be given an application for your provider to complete.
  • You will also be required to provide a copy of your in-home/relative provider's social security card and photo I.D.

Once you are approved for CCSP you will get an award letter. This letter will tell you the dates you are eligible for CCSP and the amount of your co-payment.


Income Requirements:

Your eligibility for CCSP is determined by your household's income and the number of people in your family. Your child care costs (or co-payment) are determined on a sliding scale.

For example:

  • A three-person household with countable monthly income of $995 would have a $15 per month co-pay.
  • If the same household had countable monthly income of $1,675 they would have a co-pay of $65 per month.
  • A three-person household with countable monthly income of $2,200 would have a co-pay of $71 per month.

 

[Data source: Copay Calculation Table; Department of Early Learning (DEL).]

After you qualify for CCSP:

  

After you qualify for CCSP, contact Child Care Aware. They can help you find childcare in your community.

To locate a Child Care Aware office near you:


As with all our programs, the only way to know for sure if you're eligible is to apply.