Child Care Resources
Childcare expenses can be extremely expensive, especially for working individuals who are attending college; however, multiple childcare assistance programs and affordable options are available to eligible parents and families. Some options to consider:
Talk with your current childcare provider about subsidized tuition options or affordable pricing they may offer. Many providers provide in-house discount options that can be accessed by participating in their income assessment policies.
If you are looking for an affordable childcare center or paying for a private childcare provider/babysitter and their rates are out of your budget, you may want to consider applying for Virginia’s Child Care Subsidy Program.
Child Care Subsidy Program – The Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance to eligible families to help pay for the cost of childcare so they can work or attend education or training programs. The Child Care Subsidy Program services are child-centered and family-focused and support the broader objective of strengthening families’ goals of economic self-sufficiency and quality early childhood programs for their children. Participating families may select any legally operating child day care facility eligible to participate in the program.
You can screen for eligibility and/or apply online. You may also print the paper application in English or Spanish and return it to your local department of social services. If you are unable to print the application, you may pick up an application or request that one be mailed to you from your local department of social services.
Note: You may be interviewed by a childcare worker. Income verification is required.
Need Help? Contact our Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers for an appointment. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.323.3450.
Families with minor children may also be eligible for the TANF program (Temporary Cash Assistance for Families with Minor Children). The TANF program provides eligible families with a monthly cash payment to meet their basic needs. For a child to be eligible he must be:
- Under age 18, or if 18, will graduate from high school before age 19
- Going to school regularly if he is between the ages of five and 18
- Living with a parent or other relative
- A U.S. citizen or an eligible immigrant
Virginia's TANF program emphasizes personal responsibility. Participants may be provided with services such as job skills training, work experience, job readiness training, child care assistance, transportation and other work-related expenses.
Check your City/County office for additional programs! Depending on which City/County you live in, additional child care programs may be offered. For example, Fairfax County offers the Child Care Assistance and Referral Program which provides:
- Resources and Referrals to families about various center-based and family child care programs located throughout the county.
- Financial assistance for child care to eligible Fairfax County families.
- Support to child care programs and providers.
For more information on child care programs and your specific eligibility, access our Government Benefits Screener.