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Paying for Child Care Help

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Program, formerly the Purchase of Care (POC) Program, assists eligible families living in Baltimore County with childcare costs while parents work, attend school or training.

Child Care Subsidy Program


The co-pay is your part of the payment to your provider. You must pay the co-pay in order to continue to receive vouchers.

Find Licensed Care

Visit LOCATE: Child Care or call the Community Line at 1-877-261-0060

File for Child Support

Call Baltimore County Child Support Office at 1-800-332-6347.

Application Process

The application process can take up to 30 days. However, if you have sent in all your information with a signed, completed application, it can lessen the amount of time taken to complete your application.


The following resources are available.

Income Guidelines

You could be eligible if you meet the following income guidelines:

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A disregard of $5,000 will be subtracted from the annual household income for minor teen parents and caretaker relatives.

Tips on Completing Your CCS Application

Child Care Funding is a Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program that assists eligible families living in Baltimore County with child care costs while parents

  • Work
  • Attend school
  • Attend training

The Application Process

  • Can be simplified by being mailed in or dropped off
  • There are no appointments to disrupt your work or school schedule

Check List for Complete Application

  • An original, signed application
  • Social Security numbers for everyone on the application
  • An official school schedule stating your days and hours of class
  • Proof of all income
  • Four most recent weeks of pay stubs
  • If you have a new job, submit a letter from your employer on company letterhead with your start date, schedule (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), rate of pay and company telephone number
  • Proof of child support, SSA, SSI or any other income you receive

Responsibilities for Parents in the CCS Program

Responsibilities for parents who receive Child Care Funding include:

  • Maintaining a good working relationship with your child care provider by following their rules and communicating with them about your child.
  • Reading your voucher and knowing when it expires.
  • Reporting all changes to your worker within 10 days. Examples include changes in employment, changes in provider, someone moves in or out of your household and changes in your income.
  • Reporting all changes in writing.
  • Avoiding delays by returning your information before the deadlines.

Important Information on Using Your CCS Vouchers

What you should know about vouchers:

  • Vouchers outline the partnership between you, your provider, and CCF, to fund your child care costs. You agree to pay a co-pay, and the voucher pays a subsidy based on your schedule and income.
  • You and your provider sign all three copies of the voucher. Keep the copies indicated and return the third to the Finance Office. This sets up an "account" through which your provider is paid.
  • Return the signed voucher in 60 days.
  • Vouchers pay different rates for hours between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and all day on weekends.
  • You must report all changes within 10 days. Report all changes in writing.
  • Your provider cannot waive your co-pay.
  • The co-pays and subsidies may vary depending on the age of the child and where the provider is located.
  • School age children are usually given a voucher for 42 weeks of before and after school care and 10 weeks of summer care. School holidays and snow days are built in so your provider does not need a new voucher.

How to Reach Us

Phone: 410-853-3989
6401 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Revised October 22, 2020         


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