Subsidized Child Care

About the Program

The state and federal governments have made funding available to assist qualifying parents in meeting their child care expenses. The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC)
Region 17 is responsible for administering the subsidy program and for determining family funding eligibility for Montgomery County residents.

Visit the resource and referral page if you need help finding a child care program.


Single parents, married couples and un-married parents living together can all be eligible for subsidized child care. In order to qualify, all parents living in the household must:  
  • Work an average of at least 20 hours a week or work an average of at least 10 hours a week and attend training an average of at least 10 hours a week.
  • Have gross annual family income that is under 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline (see below)
  • Have at least one child under 13 years of age needing child care
  • Live in Montgomery County
  • Teen parents must attend high school or GED program

You may also be eligible for subsidized child care if you received TANF benefits within the past six months.

View a full version of the
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services subsidized child care eligibility regulations

Income Guidelines

Family Size Maximum Gross Yearly Family Income
2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480
7 $76,120
Effective 05/07/2018

Application Process

Contact our office at 610-278-3707 or 800-281-1116 and ask for an eligibility application packet. You may also download a Subsidized Child Care Application or apply online at COMPASS

Within 30 days of the date the ELRC receives your signed and dated application you will be notified whether you are eligible or ineligible to receive child care subsidy If your application is not complete, is missing documentation, or requires further explanation, the ELRC will contact you.

You must have a face-to-face meeting after you are authorized for child care funding in order to maintain your eligibility.

waiting list

It is important to understand that if you are determined eligible for subsidized child care funding, you may be placed on the ELRC's waiting list. You will remain on the waiting list until there is available funding to enroll your child(ren). If a waiting list exists for your local ELRC, it is still important to apply as soon as the need arises. Families are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis.


The subsidized child care program allows parents to choose any participating regulated child care program. Parents also have the option of choosing to have a relative care for your child.  In-home care may also be available for funding under certain circumstances.

If you believe that you may not be eligible for subsidized child care based on the guidelines, you should still consider applying. You may be eligible after a final and accurate calculation of your gross income is conducted and any allowable deductions are considered.