Child Day Care

The Ontario County Department of Social Services administers the Office of Children and Family Services low-income child care program through the Temporary Assistance Unit. In 2014, the income limit remained at 125% of the poverty limit or below for its child care program in order to make the program more stable and to find a way to deal with the families which were ending up on a waiting list due to lack of funds. The new eligibility guideline allowed the program to help working families that are at or under 125% of the poverty level to make child care more affordable. Effective, January 1, 2015, Ontario County was able to increase the income limit to 150% of the poverty limit or below to assist more of our low-income working families with child care expenses. Each family is required to pay a family fee that is based on their income and household size directly to their child care provider. Through a low-income child care grant, the child care unit is able to pay the balance of the cost of care (up to the current market rate) directly to the provider or to the parent if care is provided in the child’s home. All providers that are eligible for a subsidy payment must be approved through the Office of Children and Family Services or Child and Family Resource Center.