Hamilton County’s Child Care Services (CCS) program helps eligible low income working parents find and pay for child care. The income requirements are explained below.

Who is eligible for the child care program?

There are five major eligibility requirements:

  • You must be working or be in an approved work activity.
  • You must have physical custody of your child.
  • Only children under the age of 13 qualify for publicly funded child care (unless the child does not function according to age appropriate expectations and special needs are verified by a medical doctor).
  • Citizenship must be verified for each child that needs care
  • Your initial gross monthly household income for your family size must be equal or less than 130% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • Your gross monthly household income for your family size must be equal or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to maintain your eligibility for service.

What does gross monthly household income mean?

Gross monthly household income means your total income before taxes. That includes your paycheck, child support, cash assistance, social security, disability, etc.

What is 130% or 300% of the federal poverty level?

Below is a chart that lists what 130% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Level is for your family size. To use the chart, first find your family size. (For more information on how to determine family size see Paying for Child Care) If your gross monthly income is equal to or less than the income listed for your family size, then you are probably eligible for the child care program. If your gross monthly income is greater than the income listed for your family size, then you are probably not eligible. But final eligibility can only be determined by completing an application.

Determining the FPL by Family Size

Family Size 130% Federal Poverty Level
(New applications)
300% Federal Poverty Level
(Existing applications)
2 $1,760 $4,060
3 $2,213 $5,105
4 $2,665 $6,150
5 $3,118 $7,195
6 $3,571 $8,240
7 $4,024 $9,285
8 $4,477 $10,330
9 $4,930 $11,375
10 $5,382 $12,420

Note: The effective date of this income guidelines chart is Oct 1, 2017.

HCJFS 7969 (REV. 10-17)