Child Care Information Services

Mission Statement:

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, through its Child Care Information Services Agencies, administers the Subsidized Child Day Care Program for low-income families and makes resource and referral services available to all citizens of Pennsylvania.

Child Care Information Services Agencies are dedicated to providing all services courteously, to help families receive all of the services for which they are eligible, and to help families access all needed resources in a community.

What We Do:

The Child Care Information Services, or CCIS, administers the subsidized child care program. The program helps low-income families pay for quality child care services for their children.

If you meet the guidelines:

  • The CCIS will pay a part of your child care cost. This is called a subsidy payment.
  • You will pay a part of the cost. This is called the family co-pay.
  • The subsidy payment and the family co-pay go directly to the child care program.

NOTE: If your child care subsidy does not pay the full amount that your child care program charges, the provider may ask you to pay the difference between the subsidy payment and their private charges.

Guidelines for Eligibility

You must submit an Application to the CCIS office to see if you meet the guidelines for the subsidized child care program. You can obtain an application by calling the office, or you can apply online.

The following are the basic guidelines:

  • You must live in Pennsylvania
  • Have a child or children who need child care while you work and/or attend an education program
  • Meet income guidelines for your family size
  • Work 20 or more hours a week – or-
  • Work 10 hours and go to school or train for 10 hours a week
  • Have a promise of a job that will start within 30 days of your application for subsidized child care
  • Teen parents must attend an education program
  • The child who needs care must be a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residency
  • Have proof of identification for each parent or caretaker in the home.

Income Guidelines

The annual income for a family to be eligible to receive subsidy if 200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines:

Family Size

Maximum Yearly Family Income (May 2018)

2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480
7 $76,120
8 $84,760

(Note: The above information provides only general guidelines. Other conditions may apply. Please contact our office for additional information/assistance.)

Resource and Referral Services Available

You may contact the Child Care Information Services for resource and referral services. We can assist you in finding a facility that meets your needs. You can also find a listing of regulated child care providers through the Online Child Care Provider Search. To request information regarding a facility’s certification or registration history, current certification status, and verified complaint history you may contact the Regional Child Development Office or review a facilities history Online.