If a single mother earns $25,000 per year, can she get government help, or a subsidy, to pay for child care? If she is eligible for a subsidy, how much will she have to pay out of pocket? The answers to these questions depend on a family’s exact circumstances.
Child care subsidies are provided through a federal block grant program called the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Within the federal guidelines, States/Territories establish many of the detailed policies used to operate their CCDF programs. This brief provides a graphic overview of some of the CCDF policy differences across States/Territories.