Child Care Subsidy Program

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Program provides financial assistance with child care costs to eligible working families in Maryland. The program is managed through a centralized vendor -- Child Care Subsidy Central (CCS Central).

To be eligible for the CCS Program, you must be:

  • A Maryland resident who is working in an approved training program or attending  school
  • A recipient of Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or within CCS income guidelines (see below)
  • Willing to have your child immunized to Maryland state standards
  • Pursuing child support.

Families in the following income categories may be eligible for a Child Care Subsidy:

Family Size Maximum Annual Income
Family of 2 $24,277
Family of 3 $29,990
Family of 4 $35,702
Family of 5 $41,414
Family of 6 $47,127
Family of 7 $48,198
Family of 8 $49,269
Family of 9 $50,340
Family of 10 $51,411

To apply, a family must submit the following to CCS Central:

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Learn more about the Child Care Subsidy program by emailing us today at subsidy.info@msde.state.md.us

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  • How does CCS work?

    Eligible families receive payment vouchers from CCS Central to cover part of their child care costs. The voucher shows:

    • The subsidy rate -- the part of the child care costs that the State is paying for the family
    • The family co-payment -- the amount that the family is required to pay according to State regulation

    Families take the voucher to a child care provider that participates in the Maryland EXCELS program. The voucher is a signed agreement between the State, provider and parent. The voucher is returned to CCS Central for processing. The family is responsible for paying the State assigned co-payment directly to their child care provider. Once the child begins care, the child care provider submits an invoice for payments and is then reimbursed for the subsidy portion of the payment by the State.

  • Application

    When you apply for a Child Care Subsidy, you must submit:

    • A signed application to CCS Central
    • Verification of your wages/salary – the most recent four weeks of pay stubs or a letter from your employer describing your work schedule and gross salary (before taxes and other deductions)
    • Verification of training or school attendance with days and hours of activity
    • Verification of child support payments or an application to agree to pursue child support
    • Proof of identity for all household members -- a valid unexpired U.S. passport, a birth certificate, a valid driver’s license, or a current photo ID card
    • Proof of address -- apartment or house lease; electric, gas, water, or phone bill
    • Proof of income -- the most recent four weeks of pay stubs or a letter from the employer listing your gross salary
    • If you are a student, proof of enrollment
    • Proof that your child or children have met the Maryland State Immunization requirements
    • If you are a single parent, proof that you have met child support requirements by reporting information about the absent parent

    Download additional information here (PDF).

  • Priorities for Service

    The top priorities to receive the Child Care Subsidy are:

    • Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) applicants or recipients who are working, in job training, or in public school
    • Families who have received TCA at any time during the last six months
    • Income eligible families who are not receiving TCA, but are in public school, working, or in training to lead to employment.
  • Voucher System

    PaymentA CCS voucher is valid for up to 12 months from the effective date. The expiration date is listed on the voucher.

    There are two kinds of vouchers:

    • Formal voucher -- can be used for care provided by a Maryland registered family home or Maryland licensed child care center
    • Informal voucher -- can be used for care provided by a relative in the relative’s home or child’s home; a non-relative in the child’s home; a non-relative in the non-relative’s home if the care is for less than 20 hours per month.
  • Co-Payment

    The family co-payment is the amount that the family pays for child care and is an amount assigned by the State. The amount of the co-payment for each child decreases if families are receiving subsidies for more than one child. Families eligible for Temporary Cash Assistance and Supplemental Security Income have a $0 co-payment. Many child care facilities charge an additional amount to families -- this is called an additional fee and is the difference between the amount they charge any family, the reimbursement amount and the State assigned co-pay. Payment information should be clearly addressed in any provider contract.