Subsidized Child Care Program

Overview
Using state and federal funds, North Carolina provides financial assistance for child care to many families through a locally administered state supervised program. You are free to choose your own type of child care arrangement. Payment amounts for each child depends on:
  • Your family situation
  • Your income
  • The cost of child care provided
  • The type of public funds from which the payment is made
Each County receives an annual amount of state and federal funds from the State to spend for subsidized child care services. If funding is not available to serve all families who apply for subsidized child care, the families can be placed on a waiting list until funding becomes available.

Qualifying for the Subsidized Child Care Program
Income limits apply. Most families are required to pay a percentage of the child care fee based upon their countable monthly income. The percentage depends on the number of people in the family.

DSS determines the amount of the parent's fee and notifies the provider and parent of the amount to be paid by the parent. The parent is responsible for paying the fee directly to the child care facility/provider.

Income Limits for Child Day Care
Income limits depend on the number in the household. Below are guidelines.
You can always call us at 252-206-4177 for more information. 

Family Size

1

2

3

4

5

Maximum Gross Monthly Income

 

$2,177

 

$2,847

 

$3,517

 

$4,187

 

$4,856

Percentage of Income for Parent Fee

 

10%

 

9%

 

Family Size

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

Maximum Gross Monthly Income

 

$5,526

 

$5,652

 

$5,777

 

$5,903

 

$6,029

 

$6,154

 

$6,280

Percentage of Income for Parent Fee

 

8%