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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 thirteen 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 13 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 for 2016-2018 on our Publications and Forms page.


Assistance for Relatives

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities provides resources to assist grandparents or other relatives who are raising another person's children. Please select this link for more information.