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Who Is Eligible For Child Care Assistance Based On Income?

Families must be income eligible (up to 200% State Income Standard) and meet one of the following reasons for care:

  • Working a minimum of 10 hours per week at minimum wage or above
  • Participating in an approved educational/vocational training
  • Looking for work
  • Homeless
  • Attending services in response to domestic violence
  • Attending a 4-year college and working 17 1/2 hours per week

Determine Your Eligibility

How To Apply For Child Care Assistance Based On Income?

Department of Education

Visit EarlyLearn NYC page on the DOE website to understand your options, find a program that is right for your family, and enroll your child.

Administration for Children’s Services

At this time there is a waitlist for vouchers. Families can be added to the voucher waitlist by completing the Voucher Waitlist Form.

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. While our offices are closed, please use the email links below to contact us for any ACS Voucher Child Care issues:

Human Resources Administration

If you are receiving Cash Assistance from the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and employed or participating in a work activity and would like HRA to help pay for child care, you may visit your local HRA Job Center. View more information on HRA child care. Parents and guardians receiving a Cash Assistance benefit who are employed or engage in work-related activities (required or voluntary), including those in school, may be eligible for child care. If eligible for child care, parents and guardians have the right to appropriate, affordable, accessible, and suitable child care. HRA will never require you to use a specific provider but can help you find one that is best for you if you need one.

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.

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. Translations of this flyer can be found on the Eligibility Forms page.

To apply for a child care voucher, fill out an Child Care Assistance Application Package form 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.


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