Income-eligible Child Care
What is income-eligible child care?
Income-eligible child care is subsidized child care for low-income non-TAFDC families who are working, in an education or job training program, or disabled. Child care is provided for children under 13 and for older children with special needs. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is in charge of this program in Massachusetts.
Am I eligible?
Income-eligible child care is for low-income families who are not getting TAFDC and have not gotten TAFDC for over a year. To be eligible, you must be working, looking for work, in school or a training program, on maternity leave, or disabled, or otherwise meet the activity requirement. Your children must meet the age requirements and your income must be within the program limits
What benefits will I get?
Eligible families are put on a waiting list to get reduced cost child care. The fee you will pay for child care is based on your income and family size. The number of hours of child care you get is based on your need for services. You may choose the type of child care that is best for your child.
How do I apply?
To apply for income-eligible vouchers, you should call or visit Child Care Resources, a child care resource and referral agency (CCR&R). For the telephone number and address of Child Care Resources, see Worcester Benefit Office Locations - CCR&Rs. If you are interested in a contracted slot with a specific child care provider, you should file an application directly with the child care provider. For a list of Worcester child care providers, see:
This list of Worcester child care centers is maintained by Edward Street Childcare Services, a private nonprofit childcare advocacy agency.
Find Child Care
Enter "Worcester" or your zip code in the "Find Child Care" search box on this page. This list shows child care providers licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
How do I use my benefits?
Once your name reaches the top of the waiting list and a voucher or slot is available, you may enroll your child in child care. A counselor from Child Care Resources or your contracted child care provider will help you and tell you how much you will have to pay. You must pay your fees on time and report any changes that might affect your eligibility.
More information about Income-eligible Child Care is on our statewide web site, MassResources.org. When you click on the link below, you will go to MassResources.org. Click "Back" on your browser to return to WorcesterResources.org.