Child Care Subsidy Providers

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, providers receive subsidy payments directly from the state for services rendered. Subsidy payments offset the cost of child care, leaving parents responsible for a portion of that cost. The cost to the parent is known as the sliding fee, which can range from $1 per year to $5 per day depending on the financial need of the parent(s).

Providers who are accredited, serving a disproportionate number of children, non-traditional hours, and/or children with special needs may also be eligible for an enhanced rate.

To apply for a child care subsidy contract or to renew an existing contract, click the Child Care Subsidy Provider Portal button below.