Child Care Services
This service provides support for families with children to enable the caretaker to hold a job, obtain training or meet special needs of the parent or child. Child care may also be provided in child abuse cases to help protect the child. If you are working, you may have to pay a portion of your child care expenses. Contact a DSS office to get more information on the program rules and fees.
The service is available for children from infancy through twelve years of age. DSS determines eligibility based on the need for service and income. The income limit is currently set at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). See the 200% FPL chart. If your child is older than 12 and has a special need, you still may be eligible to receive child care.
You may choose your child care provider from:
- A State licensed Child Care Center
- A State licensed Child Care family home
- A license-exempt provider (such as a preschool, a school age program, relative or other person) if you obtain a Child Care Certification Provider Agreement from your DSS Case Manager. The provider must fill out this form and the provider must agree to accept the current state payment rate.
Choosing the right program for your child is one of the most important parenting decisions you will make. For more information on choosing a quality child care provider please click the link below.
For information on Delaware Stars :
Delaware Stars for Early Success is a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for early care and education programs, used to assess, improve and communicate the level of quality.
For more information select Information on Delaware Stars
Child Care Locator Service
Need help choosing child care? Please call Children and Families First at 1-800-220-3092.
You can find our Child Care and Development Fund Plan for federal fiscal year 2014-2015 on our Publications and Forms page.
Assistance for Relatives
The Delaware Kinship Navigator Program assists grandparents or other persons aged 55 or over who are raising another person's children. Please select this link for more information.