The Wake County Child Care Subsidy Program provides financial assistance for parents and their child care needs. The amount of child care subsidy for each family is based on an assessment of need, income and family size. Every year Wake County receives state and federal funds to be used for subsidized child care services for its residents. We also provide information about choosing and using quality child care.
You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if one or more of the following situations apply to your family:
- You are working;
- You are in school or in a job training program;
- Your child is receiving child protective services;
- Your child needs care to support child welfare services or if your family is experiencing a crisis; or
- Your child has developmental needs.
You must be the parent or legal guardian of the child receiving subsidy benefits. Most families are required to pay a percentage of their child care costs based upon their gross monthly income. The percentage is normally around 10%.
If Wake County Health & Human Services does not have enough funding to serve all families who apply for subsidized child care, the families can request to be placed on a waiting list until funding becomes available. Anyone can apply for the waiting list by contacting Wake County Health & Human Services at 919-212-9285 (English, Spanish) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Families will be contacted via email or letter when funding becomes available.
It is critical that all families keep their contact information updated. This can be done by contacting us in one of the ways mentioned above.
Child Care Services Association (CCSA)
Child Care Services Association (CCSA) is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to ensure affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all families through research, services and advocacy. Child Care Services Association provides free referral services to families seeking child care, technical assistance to child care businesses, and educational scholarships and salary supplements to child care professionals through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® and Child Care WAGE$® projects.
NC Division of Child Development and Early Education
The mission of the NC Department of Health and Human Services is, in collaboration with our partners, to protect the health and safety of all North Carolinians and provide essential human services.
Wake Pre-K program is for children who will be 4 years old by August 31. Registration begins Jan. 18, 2022.
Wake County Smart Start
Wake County Smart Start is a nonprofit organization with the mission to ensure children in Wake County, birth to age five, are prepared for success in school and in life. Officially formed in 1996, Wake County SmartStart works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care, provide preventive health and early intervention services and offer family support services. Wake County Smart Start administers the NCPreK program which operates in Wake County Public Schools and various child care facilities across the county.
Wake ThreeSchool is a new early learning program for three-year-old that live in Wake County. This new program will provide early education to young children in a play-based, dynamic way, like the nationally recognized NC Pre-K program. Wake ThreeSchool is prioritized for families with low incomes (below 200% the Federal Poverty Level) and for other related priority groups such as children with documented health or learning issues, having an Individualized Education Program (IEP), having a parent who is an active-duty member of the armed forces or speaking a language other than English at home.
To apply: https://threeschool.wakesmartstart.org/