Financial Assistance

Child care is one of the largest investments a family will make.  Many parents are not aware of the various financial assistance, discount and child care tax credit options available to them.  The following information is provided to help you determine what options you may qualify for.  Click on the links to learn more.


NYS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
The NYS Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps eligible families with some or all of their child care costs.  CCAP is administered locally by the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services.

Advance Child Tax Payments
If you paid someone to care for a child or a dependent so you could work, you may be able to reduce your tax by claiming the credit on your tax return.  You may also receive monthly advance child tax payments if eligible.

Earned Income Tax Credit
The Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credits are refundable tax benefits for working people with low or moderate incomes.

Employer Programs
Additional help with child care costs may be available through your employer.

Additional Programs
Other types of assistance that may be available that are appropriate to the family.  


Budgeting Tools

Budgeting Your Child Care Options
The Child Care Aware Budgeting Child Care Options calculator allows families to examine their financial situation both with and without the cost of child care

Average Cost of Child Care in St. Lawrence County
An overview of the average cost of child care based on the type of child care and the child's age.  

If you have questions contact the St. Lawrence Child Care Council by phone at (315) 393-6474 or email Bruce Stewart.