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It looks like you may qualify for subsidized child care

To get started, here is what you do:

1. Select an ACS child care program

NYC Children’s Services supports eligible families with child care services at more than 300 child care programs across 5 boroughs. To locate child care providers near you, click on a borough:
You are the best judge of whether a child care setting is right for your child. Please visit the programs that may meet your needs, and take the time to look around the child care setting. Watch how the children and adults interact. Ask questions about the caregivers, safety, meals and snacks, schedule, health and discipline.

If you are interested in enrolling your child in a particular center, ask the director for an Application for Child Care Subsidy with instructions.


2. Prepare the application and collect required documents

You will need these documents to submit your application:

  • Application (Form # CS-925 in PDF) and Instructions (Form # CS 925A in PDF)
  • Documentation Required for Child Care Eligibility (PDF)
    • Proof of Identity – you must verify your child(ren)’s relationship to you. 
    • Proof of Address – you must verify your current New York City address.
    • Proof of citizenship – if you are a legal alien, you must prove your residence.
    • Proof of all income and benefits – you must verify employment, if you are employed.  Also, if applicable, please prove alimony/child support, unemployment, self employment, social security, disability and Medicaid income and benefits.   This total income amount will help determine whether you meet the financial requirement for receiving a subsidy.
    • Reason for needing care – choose your reason for needing child care to see which documents to collect to prove your need. 
  • View a list of all required forms

Once you have completed your application and collected all your documents, you are ready to apply in person at an ACS child care program. 


3. Apply for subsidized child care at the child care program you selected

You will submit your application and supporting materials at the child care program you have selected. NYC Children’s Services will review your completed application and make a decision about your eligibility. The decision is generally made within 10 days of receiving your application.

You will receive a notice from NYC Children’s Services in the mail, telling you whether you are eligible for a child care subsidy. If eligible, you will receive information on enrollment and your part of the child care fee. You will call your selected child care program to schedule an orientation session. If you are not eligible for a subsidy, you will receive an explanation for your review.