To get government funding to help pay for child care, a person must first put an application in to the local Child Care Subsidy Agency. The program that provides the funds to be made available is called the Child Care and Development Fund from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
To qualify for the subsidy to help cover child care costs, there are some requirements. The applicant must be the parent or primary caregiver held responsible for the child. The child or children must be under the age of 13 years. The final requirement is the total income of the applicant's home is defined as low income or very low income. The applicant must also be currently employed or in a training or education program.
The determinant of whether a family falls into low income or very low income varies among locations. This is because it is based on the cost of living in each area. Once an applicant is deemed eligible to receive the child care subsidy, the parent or guardian must choose the type of care the child receives. With the subsidy, the parent can choose from a licensed child care center, licensed or registered child care home or care in the home of a relative or family member.