Many families can’t afford to pay the full cost of child care. There are county and state programs that can help eligible families pay these costs. Child Care Council of Suffolk can help you to find more information about income-eligible programs.
If you are a teen parent, call the Child Care Council or your guidance counselor. You may be able to receive help paying for child care, as well as other services.
Suffolk County Subsidized Child Care
The Suffolk County Department of Social Services helps eligible parents pay all or part of their child care costs. To figure out if you qualify, look at the chart below that matches your family size. “Income Level” means the total amount of money you make each year before taxes are taken out. Your family must earn below this amount in order to get these benefits.
In addition to wages (including tips, overtime, bonuses and commissions), you must also include any unearned income such as child support, SSI, social security benefits, etc. If you reside with a spouse, the second parent or another person legally responsible for your child(ren), their income must be also be included.
Suffolk County’s Income Eligibility Standards for
for Non-Temporary Assistance (Low Income) Child Care Services
(Effective 06/01/15 – 05/31/16)
Family Size Income Level
2 $ 26,285
3 $ 33,149
4 $ 40,013
5 $ 46,877
6 $ 53,741
7 $ 60,605
8 $ 67,469
9 $ 74,333
10 $ 81,197
In addition to income eligibility, your family must meet program eligibility criteria (i.e. have an approved reason of care). This could include employment, an approved work activity or educational / training program, a teen parent (under age 20) who is attending high school, a foster parent who needs child care due to employment, etc.
NOTE: The income eligibility standards for families eligible for “Transitional Day Care” or “Special Needs Child Care” are slightly higher than the figures shown on the chart above. To learn more about these programs, use the link provided below to Suffolk County Department of Social Services (DSS)’ webpage.
For more information about Suffolk County DSS’ subsidized child care program go to:
where you will find detailed information regarding program and income eligibility criteria, answers to frequently asked questions and a Child Care Eligibility Wizard where you can quickly check your family’s program and income eligibility. You will also find the child care application, instructions for completing the application and all of the additional forms you would need to complete to apply for a child care subsidy.
For more information about child care in New York State, go to the Child Care Subsidies and the Resources for Working Families pages of the New York State website. You can also see if you are eligible for any other services by going to the My Benefits page.