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Your family may qualify for child care assistance if your family's income falls below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level and you have an approved reason for seeking child care ("reason for care"). This reason must be at least one of the following:

  • You work 10+ hours per week
  • You are in an educational or vocational training program
  • You have been looking for work
  • You live in temporary housing (priority access)
  • You are attending services for domestic violence

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible.

How Do I Apply for Low-Income Child Care?

Currently, ACS is only accepting applications for child care vouchers from (1) families that are experiencing homelessness, (2) families that live in a high need community district, and (3) families on the voucher waitlist who have been invited to apply. See below for more details.

Effective April 26, 2022, ACS is changing the way families that do not fall into one of these categories can express their interest in applying for care: interested families must use the Child Care Contact Link.

ACS is reaching out to families currently on the voucher waitlist, inviting them to apply for a child care voucher. Once ACS has reached out to and assessed eligibility for all families currently on the waitlist, ACS will contact families who have submitted their information through the Child Care Contact Link with information about how to apply for child care. Please note after April 26, ACS will no longer accept the Voucher Waitlist Request Form. If you previously submitted that form to ACS, please look out for an invitation letter and application packet in the mail - we are in the process of sending notifications out now and over the coming months. If you have questions, you can contact our CFWB Call Center at 212-835-7610.

If you have a child aged birth - 5 and are interested in receiving care from a program contracted with the City, you can learn more about those Department of Education programs and how to apply here.

If you are living in a high need neighborhood, living in shelter or temporary housing, on Cash Assistance from HRA, receiving child welfare services, or a working foster parent, please see additional information on your child care options below.

High Need Community Districts

ACS is committed to expanding equitable access to child care for families across New York City. One way we are doing that is to prioritize vouchers for eligible families living in certain New York City Community Districts that have the highest need for child care assistance.

If you live in one of the priority community districts listed below, you can apply for child care now. Fill out an application form and submit with all other required documentation. Make sure to use the application checklist to ensure your application is complete before submitting. If you have questions, please contact our CFWB Call Center at 212-835-7610.

If eligible, you will be issued a voucher which you'll complete and return to ACS so your child can be enrolled with your preferred child care provider. If you live in one of these community districts, need child care assistance, and think you may be eligible, apply today!

You can check what community district you live in by entering your address at NYC Department of City Planning's Community District Profiles.

Community District # Community District Name
Manhattan
CD MN10 Central Harlem
CD MN11 East Harlem
CD MN12 Washington Heights/Inwood
Bronx
CD BX01 Mott Haven/Melrose
CD BX02 Hunts Point/Longwood
CD BX03 Morrisania/Crotona
CD BX04 Highbridge/Concourse
CD BX05 Fordham/University Heights
CD BX06 Belmont/East Tremont
CD BX07 Kingsbridge Heights/Bedford Park
CD BX09 Parkchester/Soundview
CD BX11 Morris Park/Bronxdale
Brooklyn
CD BK03 Bedford Stuyvesant
CD BK05 East New York/Starrett City
CD BK13 Coney Island
CD BK16 Brownsville
Queens
CD QN14 Rockaway/Broad Channel


Families Experiencing Homelessness

If your family is in shelter or temporary housing, you may be eligible for free early care and education services. This includes families who may be sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason. If your family is eligible, you have many early care and education options - and if a seat is available, you can enroll your child at any time.

To apply for a child care voucher, fill out a Child Care Assistance Application Package and submit with a housing questionnaire and all other required documentation. If eligible, you will be issued a voucher which you'll complete and return to ACS.

For more information on all early care and education services available for families in shelter or temporary housing, please review the Early Care & Education Programs for Families Experiencing Homelessness Flyer.

Families on Cash Assistance

If you are receiving Cash Assistance and are employed or engaging in work-related activities (required or voluntary), including those in school, you may be eligible for child care. You must apply for child care at your HRA Job Center. See more information.

Transitional Child Care

If you were previously on Cash Assistance but are no longer financially eligible, you may be eligible for subsidized child care services under the one-year Transitional Child Care (TCC) Benefits program. For more information on your eligibility and how to apply, please contact TCC@acs.nyc.gov.

Families Receiving Child Welfare Services

If you are receiving prevention services or protective services and need child care assistance, your caseworker or case planner should submit a referral form to ACS's Division of Child and Family Well-Being. Please reach out to them to ensure they have all the information they need to submit your referral.

Working Foster Parents

If you are a working foster parent, you may be eligible for child care assistance. Your caseworker or case planner should submit a referral form to ACS's Division of Child and Family Well-Being. Please reach out to them to ensure they have all the information they need to submit your referral. Note that in a two parent household, both foster parents must be working to qualify for child care assistance.


Where Can I Go If I Need Help?

Child Care Call Center

Families can reach out to our Call Center for any ACS Voucher Child Care issues at (212) 835-7610. The line is open Monday - Friday 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Families can also use the email links below to email about ACS voucher related inquiries.

Voucher Enrollment
Foster Care, Preventive and Protective Child Welfare Cases
Transitional Child Care

ACS Resource Areas

ACS Resource Areas (RAs) support low-income families seeking child care assistance. There are three borough-based offices that families can visit in-person for support with your child care application or enrollment - the John Street RA (for families in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island); the Queens RA, and the Bronx RA. ACS Resource Areas are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19. Please check back here for updates regarding reopening.

New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium (NYC CCR&R)

The New York City Child Care Resource and Referral (NYC CCR&R) Consortium is comprised of four organizations that are committed to promoting and supporting high quality, culturally competent early care and education services. The NYC CCR&R maintains a computerized database with up-to-date information on a variety of child care programs including home and center-based early education programs, both private and subsidized. For more information, visit: The New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium or call 1-888-469-5999