Child Care

ChildCare.govThe official source for all U.S. government child care information is a comprehensive online resource designed to link parents, child care providers, researchers, policymakers and the general public with Federal Government sponsored child care and early learning information and resources both quickly and easily.

Paying for Child Care

  • Child and Dependent Care Credit If you paid someone to care for your child, spouse, or dependent last year, you may be able to claim the Child and Dependent Care Credit on your federal income tax return. Below are 10 things the IRS wants you to know about claiming a credit for child and dependent care expenses. Read more details
  • Child Tax Credit – This credit is for people who have a qualifying child. It can be claimed in addition to the Credit for Child and Dependent Care expenses. Read more details
  • What Providers Should Know About Child Care Assistance For Families – Federal and State governments can help families pay for child care. The families you serve may be eligible for this assistance, and you may receive this funding for services you provide, thus becoming a “participating provider.”  Parents apply for child care assistance (sometimes called a “subsidy”) at a State or local agency. Parents may receive assistance if they show that they need child care to work, attend school, or receive training; their income is not higher than a certain level set by their State; and the child receiving care is under the age of 13.
  • Specific requirements are different in each State. Parents may receive a “voucher” or certificate to help pay for child care. Parents of eligible children also receive information to help them find quality.

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW
Washington, D.C. 20447

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