Day Care Services

New York State (NYS) Child Care Subsidy Program supports the goals of personal responsibility and self-sufficiency by removing child care as a barrier to working, encouraging personal responsibility, empowering clients to make informed child care decisions, supplying information about providers and quality care and setting minimum health and safety standards for child care providers.   

Subsidized Day Care (SDC) may be available for certain eligible parents or caretakers to enable him or her to work or attend approved educational activities.

SDC is available for certain eligible populations including:

  • Employed individuals not receiving Temporary Assistance, but who qualify for aid on the basis of income (Low-Income Day Care)
  • Persons leaving Family Assistance as a result of employment (Transitional Child Care)
  • Children in the care of a guardian or foster family may also be eligible for SDC if the guardian/foster parent needs childcare to work or attend approved educational activities.

Parent Fees

  • All individuals pay a portion of the child care expense to the child care provider. This payment is called the Parent Fee or Family Share and will vary according to the family's income.

Finding a childcare provider

You may choose whatever type of childcare you prefer; registered providers or legally exempt providers. Registered daycare providers, day care centers and before/after school programs do not need prior approval. A legally exempt provider is a friend or relative who provides childcare. Legally exempt providers need to be approved by Child Care Solutions, the enrollment agency, before a payment will be made. 

How to apply

  • You may apply by calling 315-253-1218 to request an application packet.
  • You may pick up an application packet at the Subsidized Day Care Unit office.
  • Link to printable application is below.

The completed application and required documentation may be submitted directly to the Day Care Unit or returned to the Day Care Unit by mail. Per Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations, applications must be submitted as original. No fax or email versions may be accepted.

What to Expect

If you have any questions about your potential eligibility for Subsidized Child Care, or the application process please contact us at 315-253-1446. Once the completed application is received it will be reviewed by the Subsidized Day Care Unit.

The application packet also includes local forms which will must to be completed and returned. If you print, complete and turn in the application from the link below the local forms can be mailed to you, or you may request the local forms from the SDC office.

Additional documentation will also be needed to make a determination on your application such as, but not limited to: 

  • residence verification
  • employment
  • income verification
  • verification of approved educational activity
  • verification of identity/citizenship
  • custody information . 

This documentation/information may be submitted with the application. If such documentation is not submitted with the application you will receive a notice which will tell you what additional documentation is required to make a determination, the notice will also give a time frame for the documentation to be submitted to the agency.

Per regulation eligibility determinations must be made within 30 days from your application date.

Printable application