Child Care Subsidy Program

OurStory09SinghLittleFeetWDI promotes affordable, accessible and quality child care through its Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Program. Funded through the NYS Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), child care subsidies are provided to working families with incomes up to 275% of the federal poverty level (FPL) in the Capital Region, Oneida, and Monroe Counties.

WDI’s Child Care Facilitated Enrollment Program, in operation since 2006, has enrolled 2,630 families and assisted 4,000 children in attending day care, after-school, and summer camp programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Working families may be eligible for a subsidy if:

  • county of residence is one of the following: Albany, Monroe, Oneida, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Schenectady
  • employed at least 25 hours a week
  • have eligible children under the age of 13
  • have a household income falling within the following income guidelines

Income Guidelines effective June 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016

Family Size Maximum Income
2 $43,808
3 $55,248
4 $66,688
5 $78,128
6 $89,568

Once eligibility is determined, families can submit completed applications via fax, mail, email, or in person to the TroyRochesteror Mohawk Valley office. Completed applications are forwarded to the local Department of Social Services (DSS) Child Care Subsidy Units for eligibility determination. A parent’s fee towards the cost of care is calculated by DSS.

Before submitting an application, interested families should contact WDI  at the following phone numbers to see if they meet eligibility requirements:

  • Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Schenectady Counties – 518.272.3500 ext 103
  • Monroe County – 585.530.2402
  • Oneida County – 315.793.5305

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page to learn more!

Visit Child Care Related Websites and Other Resources for additional information about child care issues!

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