How Do Child Care Vouchers Work?


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The Child Care & Development Fund is a federal program that issues vouchers to low-income families to help them obtain affordable childcare, so the parents can work, attend training or further their educational goals. Child-care vouchers are issued through a state's social services departments, such as the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. In order to qualify, a family must meet income requirements.

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The process for obtaining a child-care voucher differs by state. In the case of Indiana, an applicant must first contact the intake agent for her county. Contact information for intake agents is available on the Family and Social Services Administration's portion of the Indiana government website. Eligible families must then choose a child-care provider that meets CCDF eligibility standards.

There are also many state-run programs. For example, the state of Ohio offers the Child Care Voucher Program to state employees. This program gives annual cash grants to cover work-related, child-care expenses. The amount of aid an eligible family receives depends upon the family's gross annual income, hours and pay periods worked, number of dependents and grant amounts allowed by collective bargaining agreements. The CCVP is offered to families with incomes of less than $35,000 that have dependents under the age of 13.

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