Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program

What is the Child Care Subsidy Program?

The Child Care Subsidy Program helps eligible families to pay for child care so they can work, go to school or participate in a job training program.

Who is eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy?

Eligible families must meet the income guidelines
At least one of the following activities:

  • work
  • school
  • job training program

Who can I choose as my child care provider?

  • Licensed child care centers
  • Licensed family child care homes
  • Adults who provide care in their own homes
  • Adults who come to your home to provide care
  • Relatives over the age of 18

How do I apply?

  • Apply for Child Care Subsidy in one of the following ways:
    • At local DHHS office (Office of Family Independence-OFI)
    • Online at
  • Once you are determined to be financially eligible, proceed to step 2
  • Complete the Child Care Subsidy Program Application (you can get this from OFI or OCFS) and return it to the Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS):
    • Fax: 207-287-6308
    • Email:
    • Mail: 2 Anthony Avenue SHS#11 Augusta, ME 04333-0011
  • Once you are determined to be program eligible, and the provider you choose is approved, payments will be made directly to your provider on your behalf.

How much will the Child Care Subsidy Program pay to my child care provider?

You pay your co-payment to your provider and the Child Care Subsidy Program will pay the rest to your provider, up to the Market Rate, for your area.

View the new Market Rates effective June 30 2018 Billing Weeks Schedule 2019-2020 Sliding Fee Scale 2019

How do I find a child care provider?

For help with locating child care visit:

Child Care Choices or call 1-877-680-5866

What are the rules of the Child Care Subsidy Program?

Child Care Subsidy Program Rules

How is the Child Care Subsidy Program funded?

The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal block grant that provides funding for states aimed at improving access to quality child care for high-need children and families.

Who do I contact with questions?

Contact us: