Child Care Subsidy Program
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program (formerly Purchase of Care) helps limited-income families pay for child care while parents work or attend school or job training. CCS is administered by local departments of social services (DSS). For Child Care Subsidy program eligibility and application information, visit the Maryland Office of Child Care’s website.
CCS offers a subsidy for care provided by:
- child care centers,
- registered family child care homes,
- informal care. Informal care is
- care by a relative in the child’s home or in the relative’s home, or
- care by a non-relative in the child’s home, or
- care provided by a non-relative in their own home for less than 20 hours a month.
Families receive a voucher for each child needing care. A sliding scale, based on household income, is used to determine the amount of the voucher and the amount of the co-payment, which the parents must pay. The amount of the voucher will also vary based on the amount of care that is needed and the age of the child. Parents purchase care directly from providers. Their payment to the provider includes three parts:
- the CCS voucher
- the parent’s co-payment
- any additional payment necessary to cover the full cost of care. (CCS vouchers and co-payments do not always add up to the full amount charged by the provider.)