The Child Care Subsidy Program

What it is:

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

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

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 at the time of application 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

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 $2,400 would have a co-pay of $131.50.

Working Connections Copay Calculation table Effective April 1, 2017

 

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Column 5

Column 6

Column 7

Column 8

Column 9

 

If Countable Income is:

 

Family Size

100% of FPL

200%  FPL

0 to 82% FPL

More than 82% to 137.5%

More than 137.5% to 200%

137.5% FPL

Phase Out Period** 201%-219% FPL

220% FPL

85% state median income (SMI)*

 

1

$1,005

$2,010

$0

$824

$825

$1,382

$1,383

$2,010

$1,382

$2,011

$2,210

$2,211

$3,195

 

2

$1,353

$2,706

$0

$1,109

$1,110

$1,860

$1,861

$2,706

$1,860

$2,707

$2,975

$2,976

$4,177

 

3

$1,702

$3,404

$0

$1,396

$1,397

$2,340

$2,341

$3,404

$2,340

$3,405

$3,743

$3,744

$5,161

 

4

$2,050

$4,100

$0

$1,681

$1,682

$2,819

$2,820

$4,100

$2,819

$4,101

$4,509

$4,510

$6,144

 

5

$2,398

$4,796

$0

$1,966

$1,967

$3,297

$3,298

$4,796

$3,297

$4,797

$5,274

$5,275

$7,127

 

6

$2,747

$5,494

$0

$2,253

$2,254

$3,777

$3,778

$5,494

$3,777

$5,495

$6,042

$6,043

$8,110

 

7

$3,095

$6,190

$0

$2,538

$2,539

$4,256

$4,257

$6,190

$4,256

$6,191

$6,808

$6,809

$8,295

 

8

$3,443

$6,886

$0

$2,823

$2,824

$4,734

$4,735

$6,886

$4,734

$6,887

$7,573

$7,574

$8,479

 

9

$3,792

$7,584

$0

$3,109

$3,110

$5,214

$5,215

$7,584

$5,214

$7,585

$8,341

$8,342

$9,216

 

10

$4,140

$8,280

$0

$3,395

$3,396

$5,693

$5,694

$8,280

$5,693

$8,281

$9,107

$9,108

$9,401

 

Copay

 

If income is OVER 200% FPL Not Eligible

$15 Copay

$65 Copay

Subtract 137.5% FPL From Countable income, then multiply by .50 and add $65

Subtract 137.5% FPL from 200% FPL, then multiply by .50and add $65

If income IS OVER 219% FPL at review, not eligible for Phase-Out. If income is 85% of SMI any time during authorization, consumer becomes ineligible and disenrolled

 
 

STEPS TO CALCULATE WCCC ELIGIBILITY AND COPAYMENT:
1. Determine TOTAL income. This is the sum of all gross earned and unearned income.
2. Determine COUNTABLE income. This is TOTAL income minus any child support PAID OUT.
3. Compare COUNTABLE income to columns 2-7. Determine copay based on the amount or calculation outlined in "Copay" row.

 

*NOTE: if at any time during the receipt of benefits, the consumers income EXCEEDS 85% of the State median income,
that consumer is no longer eligible for WCCC services

 

**NOTE: If, at time of re-application, a consumer's income is OVER 200% FPL but UNDER 220% FPL they can receive 3 month eligibility phase out period as they transition to the private pay market for child care. The copay for the phase out period will remain constant at the 200% FPL level

 

After you qualify for CCSP:

After you qualify for CCSP, contact Child Care Aware at 1-800-446-1114. They can help you find childcare in your community.

To locate a Child Care Aware office near you: