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Child Care Subsidy Program

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Albany County Department of Social Services is committed to providing assistance with child care costs to all eligible low-income families in support of their economic self-sufficiency.

Through the Child Care Subsidy Program, eligible households are provided assistance with the cost of providing quality child care that enhances the emotional, physical and educational well-being of children while the parent/caretaker is unavailable to provide 24-hour care.

The services and benefits of the program are made available to support various reasons why a parent/caretaker may be unavailable to provide 24-hour care of their children that include:

  • Special Needs Child
  • Employment
  • Illness or incapacity (when funding is available)
  • Child Protective Plan (when funding is available)
  • Temporary absence from the home due to an emergency situation (when funding is available)

Parent Fees: As part of NYS regulations all non-temporary assistance families receiving low income child care subsidies must pay a portion of the child care expense to their chosen child care provider. This payment is called the Parent Fee or Family Share. The actual amount will vary according to the family's income and household size but will be a minimum of $1.00 per week.

Resource Limits: There are no resource limits for the child care subsidy program

How to Apply: To learn more about this program, ask questions regarding eligibility and services or to request an application please call the Albany County Department of Social Services Child Care Subsidy Unit at (518) 447-7435 or email us at  An application will be mailed to you and the process may be done entirely by mail.

Additional Resources: To obtain free child care resource and referral information that can help you with locating and choosing a child care provider please contact:

The Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council
Phone: (518) 426-7181
Toll-free: 1 (800) 521-KIDS (5437)