Child Care Subsidy Program

New York State's future workforce is being shaped today in our schools and child care programs. Quality early learning is the first step towards developing critical 21st century workforce skills that will drive growth now and in the future.

Helping working families with the high cost of child care

Many families in New York State struggle with the high cost of quality child care even when they are working full-time or nearly full-time. WDI’s Child Care Subsidy Facilitated Enrollment Program helps eligible working families apply for financial assistance. WDI staff are available to answer questions and guide families through the application process.

In addition, WDI provides resources to aid families in choosing quality, developmentally appropriate care for their children.

To begin the eligibility process, click below to complete the prescreen.

 Complete Eligibility Prescreen

*Subsidies are subject to the availability of funding.

For more information, contact your local WDI office:

Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, or Schenectady Counties or 518.272.3530

Erie County or 716.632.1900

Monroe County or 585.530.2402 

Oneida County or 315.226.3063

Onondaga County or 716.249.4235

Suffolk County or 631.743.0924

For assistance locating child care providers in your area:

Visit the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) website 
and/or your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCRR) 

How Does the Program Work?


What is the Process?


How Do I Qualify?


Eligibility Prescreen


Child Care Subsidy Videos


Commonly Asked Questions


Annual Reports

Learn more about the WDI Child Care Subsidy Program, including statistics on the number of families enrolled, children served, and the impact to the workforce in the Annual Report.