NY State Child Care Assistance

Each state receives funds from the federal government for their state’s child care fee assistance program.  Onondaga and Cayuga Counties both distribute this money through their Department of Social Services child care programs.  Subsidized child care is available for certain eligible parents/caretakers to enable them to work.  Each county has its own application process and specific program guidelines – to find out if you qualify:

Onondaga County Residents

Day Care Subsidy Application Contact Information:

     Address: 421 Montgomery St – 5th Fl, Syracuse, NY 13202

     Phone: (315) 435-5683 or (315) 435-2700 prompt #4

     Fax: (315) 435-5682

     Email Address: daycaredocs@dfa.state.ny.us

     Website: http://www.ongov.net/dss/dayCare.html

Where can the application be obtained?

• Online at http://www.ongov.net/dss/dayCare.html

•  Click here to download the Onondaga County Application for Child Care Assistance

•  Click here to download instructions for completing the application

• Call DSS at (315) 435-5683 and they can mail you one.

• Applications are also available at Social Services, 421 Montgomery St – 2nd Fl, Syracuse, NY 13202. Currently, we recommend calling or visiting the website.

How can parents submit the completed application and/or other necessary documentation?

• Mail the application to 421 Montgomery St – 5th Fl, Syracuse, NY 13202

• Fax the application to (315) 435-5682

• Email the application to daycaredocs@dfa.state.ny.us

• Drop the application in the DSS drop-box located on State Street (outside of the KOB).

• Bring the application into Social Services (2nd Floor) and deliver it by hand. Currently, we recommend utilizing one of the other methods of submittal above.

Cayuga County Residents

Visit Cayuga County Day Care Services website or call their office directly at (315) 253-1446.