The Child Care Subsidy program uses Smart Start funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families.
You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if:
- You are working or are attempting to find work
- You are in school or in a job training program
- Your child is receiving child protective services
- Your child needs care to support child welfare services or if your family is experiencing a crisis
- Your child has developmental needs
How to Apply
- The agency will inform you whether you need to schedule an appointment or simply stop by to apply for services.
- The agency can inform you of the documentation that you need to bring to determine eligibility
- Eligibility determination is valid for 12 months for child care services, provided the family remains eligible.
- The parent must report to a child care social worker in the agency any change in their circumstances that may affect eligibility within 5 working days of the change
- Examples of changes in family situation or employment that must be reported include:
- Marriage, separation or divorce
- Change in family size
- Change of job or work shift or in the number of hours or days employed
- Increase or decrease in income from employment, child support or any other source
- Loss of employment, including leave of absence or temporary layoff
- Change in school enrollment or attendance
- Child receiving services moves out of the home or
- Change of address
Contact The Wayne County Department of Social Services for more information, 919-731-1070.