Child Care Financial Assistance

The Virginia Department of Social Services Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of child care so they can work or attend education or training programs. The Child Care Subsidy Program services are child-centered and family-focused and support the broader objective of strengthening families’ goals of economic self-sufficiency and quality early childhood programs for their children. Participating families may select any legally operating child day care facility eligible to participate in the program.   Eligibility is determined by income. To be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy Program, your income must be within certain guidelines.

Screening for Eligibility & Applying

The screening tool provides only a preliminary screening for financial assistance programs administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). It does not confirm actual eligibility. For a final determination, you must complete an application for benefits and be interviewed at your local department of social services.

Submit an application manually by completing the “Child Care Service Application and Predetermination Form” below and returning it to your local department of social services (you can also pick up an application at your local office or ask them to mail one to you).

Note: You may need to be interviewed by a child care worker. Income verification is required.

If you are having questions concerning the Child Care Subsidy Program contact your local Department of Social Services.