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.
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.
Income Eligibility for Child Care Subsidy
Maximum Monthly Income When You First Apply
Maximum Monthly Income for Ongoing Cases at Review
Approved Child Care Providers
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.