Child Care Subsidies

Child care subsidy programs provide financial assistance to make care more affordable for families with low incomes. Subsidy programs aim to support parent participation in work and education and support the supply and enrollment of children in high-quality care—and subsequently improve child development. Both federal and state governments contribute funding, but states administer the programs.


Child care subsidies increase access to needed services including the use of single, formal care arrangements, support maternal employment, and increase earnings.

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The 2023 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap identifies child care subsidies as one of the most effective policies at improving child and family well-being and the health of the workforce and economy. The Roadmap tracks state
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Child care subsidy programs provide financial assistance to help make child care more affordable for families who have low incomes. This assistance enables family members to participate in the workforce and pursue educational goals. Rigorous
In some states, a parent working a full-time minimum wage job can obtain a subsidy and comfortably afford child care. In other states, especially in a locality without enough subsidized slots, almost all of that