Child Care

Child Care Subsidy Program

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 the child care application line at (845) 615-5452 for a screening, answers to questions re: the child care application process/ program, and to have an application for child care mailed to them.

Eligibility Requirements

Families may qualify based on income, reasons for needing day care and child's age or individual needs.

Do I qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)?  You can access the CCAP Eligibilty questionaire by going to: 

Document Requirements

The following documents are needed to determine eligibility for the child care subsidy program:

ID for parent/guardian, Birth Certificates for children, proof of residence, proof of income received, 

Last 12 weeks wage stubs, letter from employer verifying work schedule days and hours worked, provider information, disclaimer notice, consent form, and booklet receipt.

Income Requirements

Here are the maximum amounts a family can make and still qualify. While this information can be a helpful tool, families should submit an application to their LDSS to find out if they qualify. Income is only one factor to qualify for child care assistance in New York State. Other families may also qualify, based on their specific needs.

Income limits for eligibility by family size.

Family Size

Annual Income Limit*see table footnote

Monthly Income Limit




















For families with more add $15,420 for each additional person.

* Annual Income Limit numbers are 85% of the NYS Median Income, effective 10/1/23.

The County’s Department of Social Services put together a fact sheet with important information:
·       If you are in need of child care subsidy, otherwise eligible, and work non- traditional hours you are eligible to receive child care for up to 8 hours sleep time.
·       Otherwise eligible for child care is defined as income eligible and a child care application has been submitted along with the required documentation. 
·       Orange county will include child care for homeless individuals and/or victims of domestic violence who are employed or attending an approved college, school, or vocational program. 

Temporary Assistance Cases 

People who are in receipt of temporary assistance are eligible for child care assistance while employed or in an approved training program/school under the Temporary assistance guarantee.

Transitional Child care assistance 

Transitional child care assistance is available for up to 12 months for eligible persons who are no longer eligible for temporary assistance due to achieving economic independence through employment/increased income and have been in receipt of temporary assistance for three of the last 6 months prior to their temporary assistance case closing. 

For additional information please contact the child care unit via phone at (845) 615-5452 or via email at

Below is a link to Office of children and family services for additional information about the child care subsidy program, find child care, and locate online applications: 

For assistance locating a child care provider you can call the child care council at (845) 294-4012

Click for information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Child Care Documents