Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy Program helps pay for child care costs. It helps families who receive TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), who are low-income and working, who are in education or training activities, and who are teen parents completing high school or GED.

Qualifying Families

If a parent/guardian/caretaker needs child care, the program can provide financial assistance. Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • The family and the child must live in Kansas.
  • They must provide all income information, identity verification for all adults and proof of citizenship and birthdate for all children for whom assistance is requested.
  • If parents are absent from the home, the one in the home must work with Child Support Enforcement.
  • The child must be under age 13.  If a child age 13-18 cannot provide self-care, they may qualify for assistance in certain cases.  Staff consider both physical and mental self-care skills.  If a court oversees the child, he may qualify for assistance.
  • Families must not have more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) of countable resources. Your worker will review what assets you have. Resources that are not counted include the home in which the family lives as well as furniture, personal items, and some tools.
Residential Assistance for Veteran Families

Income Eligibility for Child Care Subsidy

Staff will consider the monthly income for each family member.  The income includes wages before taxes and child support.  Staff do not count some income.  Examples include SSI and Student Loans.
If the family’s income meets program standards, they may qualify for child care assistance. Families use this assistance towards the cost of the care from their chosen child care provider.  Most families must pay part of the child care costs. Assistance amounts vary by family based on individual case circumstances. After a child care case has been opened, an annual review will be required. Eligibility may continue if income at the time of the annual review is at or below the maximum monthly income guidelines.
​​Maximum Monthly Income When You First Apply
2 $2,607
3 $3,289
4 $3,970
5 ​$4,651
6 ​$5,334
7 ​$6,014
8 ​$6,695
9 ​$​​7,378
10 $8,059
​​​Maximum Monthly Income for Ongoing Cases at Review
2 $3,896
3 ​$4,812
4 ​$5,729
5 ​$​6,645
6 ​$7,562
7 ​$7,733
8 ​$7,906
9 ​$8,078
10 $​8,249

Approved Child Care Providers

Child Care Programs

Parents choose their child care provider from the following types:

  • Licensed child care center
  • Licensed family child care home
  • Licensed group child care home
  • Out of Home Relative Provider
  • In-Home Relative Provider

A relative provider must be at least 18 years of age and not be living with the child.  Grand-parents, great-grandparents, siblings or an aunt/uncle of the child.  Cousins and great aunts/uncles do not meet the relationship requirement.

If a person is caring for his or her own child, the Agency will not give assistance.  Also, if the provider lives in the household, the Agency will not give assistance.  Providers must enroll with the Agency to be eligible for payment from parents.  They must be able to receive payments electronically (direct deposit) into a bank account.

Regulated providers interested in enrollment to serve subsidized families should call 1-888-369-4777 or visit a local office.
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