The Child Care Subsidy program uses Smart Start funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families.


You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if:

  • You are working or are attempting to find work
  • 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
  • Your child has developmental needs

How to Apply

  • The agency will inform you whether you need to schedule an appointment or simply stop by to apply for services.
  • The agency can inform you of the documentation that you need to bring to determine eligibility
  • Eligibility determination is valid for 12 months for child care services, provided the family remains eligible.
  • The parent must report to a child care social worker in the agency any change in their circumstances that may affect eligibility within 5 working days of the change
  • Examples of changes in family situation or employment that must be reported include:
    • Marriage, separation or divorce
    • Change in family size
    • Change of job or work shift or in the number of hours or days employed
    • Increase or decrease in income from employment, child support or any other source
    • Loss of employment, including leave of absence or temporary layoff
    • Change in school enrollment or attendance
    • Child receiving services moves out of the home or
    • Change of address

Contact The Wayne County Department of Social Services for more information, April Mcalduff 919-731-1516.