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Department of Social Services

Child Care

Child Care (Day Care) is a critical element for families who are trying to gain and/or maintain employment and self-sufficiency. Parents who would like to know if they qualify for child care assistance can call for a telephone screening. A mail-in application process is available to those who have completed the telephone screening or an appointment for an interview can be scheduled. For information call Child Care: (845) 568-5252.

Effective 8/31/2016, the Orange County Department of Social Services will reduce the eligibility threshold for child care in Orange County from 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 150%. The Child Care level will remain at 150% of the Poverty Level, unless additional funds are allocated from the State.

EFFECTIVE August 31, 2016: All open Public Assistance cases requiring Employment Services can qualify for Child Care. In addition, people in the following Income Bands can qualify for assistance:

  • 101 – 125 % of the poverty level (currently open)
  • 126 – 150 % of the poverty level (currently open)

Transitional child care assistance is available for a limited time for qualified persons who no longer qualify for temporary assistance due to achieving economic independence through employment. Individuals can consult with the Child Care unit for additional information.