Child care subsidy providers serve an important role in our community. Not only do they provide an environment that offers children access to early learning and literacy, they also lessen the burden of the cost of care for low income families across the state. By entering into a contract with DESE/Office of Childhood (OOC), subsidy providers receive subsidy payments directly from the state for services rendered. Subsidy payments offset the full cost of child care, leaving parents responsible for only a small portion of the cost. The cost to the parent is known as the sliding scale fee. Sliding scale fees can range from $1 per year to $5 per day depending on the financial need of the parent(s).
Providers who are licensed, accredited, and/or serving underserved populations may also be eligible for enhanced subsidy rates.