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What are tips on getting government help to pay for daycare?

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The U.S. Child Care and Development Fund provides states with funds that they administer to assist families with the cost of day care, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. Use the list of Child Care and Development offices available at AcfHHS.gov to locate the office that administers the program in each state.

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ChildCareAware.org also offers a search tool that identifies local child care resource and referral agencies. They may offer information about local day care programs with special funding options or sliding fee scales, according to the Office of Child Care Technical Assistance Network at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Internal Revenue Service website offers details about the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, which may reduce federal income tax liability of qualified persons who paid for day care in order to work or look for work.

Child Care and Development Fund subsidies are limited to families with an income of no more than 85 percent of the state median income. Other eligibility requirements vary by state, which are free to set stricter income limits and set parent work requirements as a condition of receiving assistance, reports the National Center for Children in Poverty.

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