Do You Need Help Paying for Child Care?
Child care is often a family's biggest expense after housing, food and taxes. Juggling child care costs and a parent's earnings can be especially challenging for low income families who need child care in order to go to work, while at the same time need to use some of the money they earn to pay for care.
Financial assistance is available to help qualifying families pay for child care. Review the following options to learn more.
Support Programs and Tax Credits
This program helps eligible, low income families pay for child care while parents work, attend school or search for a job. Assistance payments are typically paid directly to child care providers. Eligible providers must be at least 18 years old, and be licensed, registered, self-declared or an approved relative.
This is a refundable federal tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families - especially those who are raising children. Those who qualify, receive a larger tax refund or pay less in federal taxes. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is administered by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
A multi-state project sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund that helps families and individuals link to public work support programs and tax credits.