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

Child Care Subsidy Flyer for Families

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 I 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.

Child Care Subsidy Program Contacts

Contact us using the link Below

CCSP.DHHS@maine.gov

Toll Free 1-877-680-5866 or 624-7999
Fax 287-6308

Financial Resources Specialist for Androscoggin County

Erika Cloutier
Tel: 624-7933
e-mail: Erika.Cloutier@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist for Knox, Lincoln, Hancock, Franklin, Sagadahoc, and Aroostook Counties

Randy Whitman
Tel: (207) 624-7943
e-mail:  Randy.Whitman@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist for Cumberland County

Patti Shellenbarger
Tel: (207) 624-7995
e-mail: Patti.Shellenbarger@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist for Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Waldo Counties

Effie Harding
Tel: (207) 624-7906
e-mail Effie.Harding@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist for Kennebec & Somerset Counties

Tina Mann
Tel: (207) 624-7980
e-mail: Tina.Mann@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist for York, Oxford, and Washington Counties

Glenna Belanger
Tel: (207) 624-7929
e-mail Glenna.Belanger@maine.gov

Financial Resources Specialist- Support Services

Althea Lathrop
Tel: (207) 624-7988
e-mail Althea.m.lathrope@maine.gov

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Vickie Bussey
Tel: (207) 624-7909
e-mail: Vickie.bussey@maine.gov

Associate Director of Children’s Developmental and Behavioral Health Services

Elissa Wynne
Tel: (207) 624-7971
e-mail: Elissa.M.Wynne@maine.gov

Child Care Program Manager

Crystal Arbour
Tel: (207) 626-8683
e-mail: Crytsal.Arbour@maine.gov

Child Care Subsidy Supervisor

Kerri Wyman
Tel: (207) 626-8660
e-mail: Kerri.Wyman@maine.gov

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.