State Eligibility Guidelines for Child Care Subsidy

Child Care Financial Aid may be available to families who demonstrate a need for child care and who have been determined eligible for services based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant or child must legally reside in the United States.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Mecklenburg County.
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or have a child who is a US citizen or a legal US non-citizen.
  • Applicant who is a non-citizen can receive child care services for child protection, foster care or child developmental services.
  • Family gross income must be less than 75% of the state median income.
  • In addition, the provision of child care must meet the goals of the Child Care Financial Aid child care program.

Other Criteria

  • Parent/Responsible Adult (RA) must be gainfully employed and maintain employment of an average of thirty (30) hours each week and provide official verification (check stubs); OR
  • Parent/RA must be enrolled and attend school at least twenty (20) hours a week (16 hours for high school completion courses) and must provide official verification, grades and course schedule each grading period; OR
  • Parent/RA must provide official verification of a combination of work and school of at least thirty (30) hours per week; OR
  • Parent/RA must be actively participating in Work First Employment Services activities at least thirty (30) hours per week and justify need for child care as part of his/her Mutual Responsibility Agreement.

Income Requirements

The following chart shows the family size and income levels used to determine eligibility for the child care subsidy program in Mecklenburg County. Please keep in mind that income is not the only criteria used to determine whether or not a family is eligible for subsidy assistance.

Effective August 1, 2013

Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits for Subsidized Child Care Services

Effective August 1, 2013


Co-Payment 10% of Family’s Gross Income 9% of Family’s Gross Income
Family Size 1 2 3 4 5
Gross Monthly Income $2,177 $2,847 $3,517 $4,187 $4,856
Co-Payment 8% of Family’s Gross Income
Family Size 6 7 8 9 10
Gross Monthly Income $5,526 $5,652 $5,777 $5,903 $6,029

If paid: Weekly multiply Gross Income by 4.3

Every two weeks multiply by 2.15

Twice a month multiply by 2

Gross income is all income before taxes and deductions:

including child support, bonuses, overtime, etc.

If you think you may qualify for Child Care Subsidy, please call Child Care Search at (704) 348-2181. Parent counselors can provide you with more detailed information about the program and can assist you in finding an early care and education program for your child.