Childcare Subsidy Information

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Contact Charlene Lucas our Assistant Executive Director & Child Care Subsidy Coordinator

Telephone: (252) 206-4235 Ext. 125

The Child Care Subsidy Scholarship Program is designed to assist eligible families, residing in Wilson County with childcare financial assistance for children ages birth to five who are not enrolled in a public or private kindergarten program. The Childcare Subsidy Program may also provide a bridge for families that are Division of Child Development and Early Education eligible but, are waiting for an appointment with the Department of Social Services as well as providing temporary emergency care if funding is available. Eligible families are allowed to seek care for their children from any child care facility that has a 4- or 5-stars rated license. However, 3-star licensed child care facilities may be used if no high-quality slots exist convenient to the parents’ location or if using 4- or 5-stars care would disrupt consistency of care for the child. The Child Care Subsidy Scholarship Program is available upon contingent of funds.

Eligibility

  • Eligible families must be working or attending an accredited college or university to obtain a degree.
  • Eligible families must meet income eligibility guidelines and other requirements.
  • Eligible families must have a need for child care.

NOTE: Half-time (50%) care, Three-fourth (75%) care, and Full-time (100%) care are available and are determined by the number of hours the family is employed and/or attending a degree-seeking program at an accredited college/university.

Cost

Eligible families are required to pay ten (10) percent of their gross monthly income for child care cost to the child care provider each month.

How to Apply

The Child Care Subsidy Scholarship Program currently has a waiting list. Parents are encouraged to place his/her name on our waiting list database by completing the Waiting List Card by the following ways:

  • By Telephone: (252) 206-4235
  • In Person: at Wilson County Partnership for Children

109 Park Avenue West
Wilson, NC 27895

NOTE: When the family’s name is reached on the waiting list, an Interest Letter will be mailed to the address provided on the Waiting List Card.  Once the Subsidy database/waiting list has been exhausted, scholarships will be provided on a first come, first serve basis for families who meet all guidelines.

Success Story:

Although her family income is modest, Ashley, a Pre-k teacher at a local childcare, assumed that she would never qualify for childcare assistance to help pay for her 3 small children (a 2 ½ year old and 1 year old twins). Getting paid once a month was a struggle for her family and paying childcare was becoming out of the question. But, after hearing a friend discuss Wilson county Partnership for Children’s Subsidy Program, she decided to give it a try.

After submitting her childcare application, Ashley was contacted stating that she was approved. “I was elated when I received the call. I didn’t think I would get anything, but I decided it was worth trying because things were getting really tight,” recalls Ashley.

Once approved, Ashley came into the office for her interview in which the parent’s responsibilities and guidelines are discussed and reviewed. At that time, she was given the opportunity to ask questions and receive her childcare vouchers in which she had the choice of choosing a 3, 4, or 5 star childcare facility. “This program has really helped my family and has ceased my worries of the well-being of my children while I am away at work, “ states Ashley. “In the process, they are learning and developing through high quality experiences that will lay the foundation for later success in life” says Ashley. “This assistance has made things much better now. Paying the monthly parent fee is no comparison to the total amount that I would have to pay for 3 children without assistance.” She adds, “I don’t know what I would do without this program. It has been a lifesaver for my family. I hope it continues for a long time to come.”