Parents

Financial Assistance

Thanks to landmark child care legislation more than a decade ago, many parents who once struggled to afford quality child care are now eligible for financial assistance. Whether a parent prefers a child care center or a family child care provider, help is available to low-income working parents. Specific eligibility levels and the process for obtaining a subsidy vary by state.

Learn more about eligibility for financial assistance in Ohio (Publicly funded care, ODE grants, Cincinnati Preschool Promise, and Montgomery County Preschool Promise) and Kentucky, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and programs for military families.


Ohio Publicly Funded Care

In Ohio, public child care subsidy is generally available for low-income working parents or parents enrolled in approved work or training programs. Other eligibility guidelines also apply. The current income guidelines by family size are:

Family Size  Monthly Gross Income
2 up to $1,760
3 up to $2,213
4 up to $2,665
5 up to $2,118

Parents apply for subsidy through their county's Ohio Department of Job and Family Services office (See list of phone numbers below). Most parents will be required to pay part of the cost of their child's care. The exact amount depends upon the family size and income.

Parents may use licensed child care centers and school-age programs or licensed family child care providers. Relatives may become certified to provide care outside the child's home. Parents may also have the option of using a family member or friend of their own choosing by completing a parent inspection of the potential provider's home.

For more information, or to apply for subsidy, please call the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in the county where you live. You may also visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/CDC/childcare.stm.

Southwest Ohio Counties:

  • Butler County, 513-887-4100
  • Clermont County, 513-732-7111
  • Clinton County, 937-382-0963
  • Hamilton County, 513-946-1800
  • Warren County, 513-695-1420

Miami Valley Counties:

  • Champaign County, 937-484-1500
  • Clark County, 937-327-1700
  • Darke County, 937-548-4132
  • Fayette County, 740-335-0350
  • Greene County, 937-562-6000
  • Logan County, 937-599-5165
  • Miami County, 937-440-3471
  • Montgomery County, 937-225-4148
  • Preble County, 937-456-6205
  • Shelby County, 937-498-4981

Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program

In Kentucky, applications for CCAP are being accepted if a family meets the following:

  • Single parent working an average of twenty hours per week or forty hours combined for a couple
  • Children are receiving child protective or preventive services to avoid removal from the home
  • Parents who need child care in order to participate in a K-TAP work program
  • Teen-age parents (19 years and younger) who are enrolled in high school or GED classes
  • Children with special needs requiring specialized care

Most families will pay part of their child care expenses. The current income guidelines by family size are:

Family Size Monthly Gross Income
2 up to $2,136
3 up to $2,688
4 up to $3,240
5 up to $3,792

    
Parents may choose care from any licensed or certified child care provider or may use a non-regulated provider of their choosing by completing an enrollment packet.

For more information about Kentucky Subsidy eligibility, call Benefind, 800-306-8959. You may also visit https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dcbs/dcc/Pages/ccap.aspx.


Head Start

A federally funded program that is free for income eligible families with preschool children ages 3 to 5. Children who participate in Head Start are involved in a variety of educational activities. Children may also receive medical, dental, mental health and nutritional services.  Most programs offer part-day schedules but some offer extended day schedules. The current income guidelines by family size are:

Family Size Yearly Gross Income
2 up to $15,930
3 up to $20,090
4 up to $24,250
5 up to $28,410

 *for each additional person add $4,160

For more information, or to locate a Head Start provider, call a 4C parent specialist at 800-256-1296 x1330.


Early Head Start

A federally funded program that is free for income eligible families with infants and toddlers under age 3. Children who participate in Head Start are involved in a variety of educational activities. Early Head Start programs serve families through a full-day, full-year program option that best meets the needs of families. The current income guidelines by family size are:

Family Size Yearly Gross Income
2 up to $15,930
3 up to $20,090
4 up to $24,250
5 up to $28,410

 *for each additional person add $4,160

For more information, or to locate a Head Start provider, call a 4C parent specialist at 800-256-1296 x1330.


Early Childhood Education Grant—Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

A state-funded program for income-eligible families with four-year-old children. The Early Childhood Education Grant is given to high-quality preschools to help prepare four-year-old children for kindergarten.

Programs in high-needs areas of the state are awarded the grants. Programs that receive the grants include public preschool programs, chartered non-public schools, private preschool programs, Head Start programs, child care centers and family child care homes. Visit ODE's website for a list of participating programs and how to apply.


Military

4C is proud to support our military families by participating in the military child care subsidy program sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRA). All activated reserve/National Guard families and most regular active duty families living away from a base are eligible for a child care subsidy depending on (but not limited to) income, cost of child care and availablity of child care.

For more information call 4C at 800-256-1296 x1330 or visit http://www.naccrra.org/military-families.


Cincinnati Preschool Promise

Cincinnati Preschool Promise is a non-profit organization, expanding access to quality preschools in the City of Cincinnati. Preschool expansion is made possible thanks to a significant investment from taxpayers who approved a 5-year Cincinnati Public Schools levy in 2016. Cincinnati Preschool Promise will utilize funds to expand the number of quality preschools and for tuition assistance for families who need it most. Parents who qualify may enroll their child in community-based preschool or a Cincinnati Public Schools preschool of their choice.

For more information call 513-447-4CPP (4277) or email info@cincy-promise.org.


Montgomery County Preschool Promise

The Montgomery County Preschool Promise is an initiative designed to ensure that all children can attend at least one year of affordable, high-quality preschool. One of the benefits of joining Preschool Promise is the tuition assistance available to reduce the cost of sending your 4-year-old to a star-rated program.

For more information about the Montgomery County Preschool Promise, contact 4C at preschoolpromise@4cforchildren.org or 937-220-9660, x1330.

Questions About Child Care?

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Southwest Ohio
513-758-1330

Northern Kentucky
859-781-3511 x1330

Miami Valley
937-220-9660 x1330

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