If you have already started your search, you know that quality child care can be expensive. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources available in Central New York to help with the cost of child care. Child care assistance can come in many different forms. Some programs, like child care subsidies, pay for a portion of your child care each month, other options may help you save money or provide discounts on your monthly or weekly fees. If you don’t qualify for child care subsidy, there are other programs, credits, or discounts available that may be able to assist you with paying for child care. We've created a short video to help you learn more about payment options Click here to watch, or call (315) 446-1220 ext. 303 to speak with our experts!
Take a look through the following pages and explore local resources that are available to help with the cost of child care:
Scholarships & Other Income Based Assistance: Certain Onondaga County residents may qualify for the Community Child Care Scholarship funded by the United Way of CNY or assistance through the Workforce Development Institute Child Care Subsidy Program. Learn more.
Workforce Development Institute's Child Care Subsidy: Funds available for income eligible families who reside in Onondaga County and work a minimum of 25 hours per week. Subsidy can be applied to licensed, register or legally exempt day care, after school or summer camp programs. Learn more.
Navigating the Child Care Selection Process and Paying for Care
On February 15, 2022, Sarah Merrick, the Commissioner of the Onondaga County Department of Social Services - Economics Security Department and Lori Schadow, Executive Director of Child Care Solutions, presented to a group of Human Services Managers from the Manufactures Association of Central New York. Please watch this video as a resource and to hear about the child care selection process, how to navigate through it, and help pay for child care: Click here.