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Need Help with Childcare? You May Be Eligible.

In a year where schools have been closed, I want to make sure you have access to any funding source available. Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program is expanding, which means you may soon be eligible.

The Virginia Department of Social Services Child Care Subsidy Program is a tool for Virginia's families to help pay for the costs of childcare.

As it exists currently, it is for families with children under the age of 13 who are unable to attend public school during part of the day, or for families with special needs children under the age of 18 who live with the applicant. Beginning July 1, 2021, the program will expand its eligibility requirements to help serve more families.

Current Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be a Virginia resident who is either:

  • Actively employed;

  • Participating in an education or training program;

  • Receiving child protective services (CPS);

  • Participating in an assigned activity for the Virginia Initiative for Education and Work (VIEW); or

  • Participating in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAPET) plan of participation.

  • Provide documentation of child's citizenship or legal residence in the United States.

  • Provide documentation of child's immunization requirements as outlined by the State Board of Health.

  • Provide documentation of household income that does not exceed the limits of the locality in which you reside.

Eligibility Criteria Beginning July 1, 2021:

  • Inclusion of families that have at least one child who is five years old or younger and has not yet started kindergarten.

  • Expansion of income levels to include those who's income does not exceed 85% of the state median income.

  • Allowance for job search activities to qualify instead of requiring that the applicant has a job.

Families receiving assistance from the Child Care Subsidy Program are eligible to receive aid for up to 12 months or until their income exceeds 85% of the state median income, whichever occurs first.

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