Employment Support Child Care
Child Care is a subsidy program that helps parent’s pay an approved provider for watching their children.
The maximum subsidy amount that can be paid each month to a provider may not cover the total child care expense because the providers may charge more than the subsidy rate.
- You will have to pay a co-payment to your provider that is based on your household size and income. DWS determines the amount of subsidy you are eligible to receive and the amount of your co-payment.
- You may also have additional out-of-pocket child care expenses above the co-payment amount if your provider charges you more than the subsidy rate.
- You are responsible to pay your provider the difference between what they charge you and what DWS pays.
- Households earning at or less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Limit will not owe a co-payment to the provider. However, these families may still owe the provider an out-of-pocket expense.
- Once approved for Child Care, the payment will be paid at the beginning of each month directly to the provider you have selected.
- It is important to report promptly when your provider is no longer caring for your child or you change providers.
Your household must include an eligible child under the age of 12 and/or a special needs child under the age of 18. A Child Care subsidy payment can be approved for employment only or employment and training. You will be asked to verify your income and hours worked. If attending training, you will be asked to verify your course of study, schedule, and graduation date.
Parent(s) must meet the following minimum work requirements:
- Earn minimum wage for the number of hours working
- A single parent must be working an average of at least 15 hours per week
- For 2-parent households: one parent must work an average of 15 hours per week and the second parent must work an average of 30 hours per week.
- Self-employed parents: must have been self-employed for at least 3 months. Expenses can be deducted from the gross income. The Net income must equal minimum wage for the number of hours working each month.
Parents must meet the following training requirements:
- Must be employed and meet the minimum work requirements for single or 2 parents.
- The training must be in a course of study that can be completed within 24 months.
- Associate degrees that are part of a four year degree are not supported.
- Post graduate work, or obtaining a second degree, is not supported.
Selecting a Child Care Provider:
You have the right to select the type of child care provider which best meets your family needs.
- Go to careaboutchildcare.utah.gov to search online for providers in your area and learn more about child care and what to look for in a child care setting.
- You may also contact your local Care About Child Care agency for help finding a provider.
- Call the Child Care Professional Development Institute toll free at 855-531-2468 to find a Care About Childcare Agency near you.
- If you have not selected a child care provider at the time you apply for Child Care assistance, there may be a delay in processing the application. Report your selection of a child care provider if you have already met with the provider, have negotiated a start date and provider charge.
If you select a Family, Friend or Neighbor (FFN) as your provider:
- They must apply with Child Care Licensing (CCL) to become a DWS-FFN Approved provider prior to any Child Care assistance being approved.
- Your provider may submit an application online at childcarelicensing.utah.gov or call 800-883-9375 to apply.
- Your provider and their household members age 12 and older must pass a background check and complete all Health and Safety requirements administered by Child Care Licensing.
- For more information, click here.
- If you select a provider who lives with you an exemption will be considered only if a child in the home has special needs.
- If you have selected a provider who is currently DWS-FFN Approved, make sure your provider contacts CCL to report they will be providing care for your children. They will need your DWS case number. They are limited to the number of children they can provide care for. If they are over the limit, you may need to choose another provider.
Payments will be made directly to your chosen provider each month. Your provider will receive the Child Care payment by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice or by check. Your provider will need to email email@example.com (Office of Child Care) to set up an account in the DWS Provider Portal for direct deposit.
If you change providers after your current provider is paid for the month and they provide care, you will be responsible to pay your new provider for the month of change. DWS will not make the provider change until the following month.