Paying for Child Care

Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP)

What is CCSP?

CCSP helps eligible families to pay for child care so parents can work, go to school, or participate in a job training program. CCSP is also available for eligible families where the adult(s) are retired and are the legal guardian of a child.

Who is eligible to receive CCSP?

CCSP Eligibility Guidelines

How do I apply for CCSP?

There are 3 ways to apply.

  1. Print, complete, and return the application by mail:
  2. Call OFCS 1-877-680-5866 or (207) 624-7999 Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
  3. Visit your local DHHS office to receive a printed application. Find your local DHHS office or call 1-877-680-5866 or (207) 624-7999.

Who can a choose as my child care provider?

  • Licensed child care centers
  • Licensed family child care providers
  • 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 find a child care provider?

Are there out-of-pocket costs?

CCSP requires parents to pay a portion of child care costs on a sliding scale.

Who do I contact with questions?

Child Care Tax Credits

Maine’s Dependent Care State Tax Credit

The Maine Dependent Care State Tax Credit allows families to deduct the cost of eligible child care and dependent care from their state taxes. More information can be found on the Maine Revenue Services website.