Pay For Child Care

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. This short video from the Office of Children & Family Services explains some of these assistance options, 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:

State Child Care Assistance: Onondaga & Cayuga Counties both offer child care subsidy programs for eligible families to help cover the cost of child care. Learn more.


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.


Tax Credits, Employer Programs, & Other Options: Explore the other ways you may be able to get help paying for child care, such as tax credits, work or school programs or sliding fee scales. Learn more.