Child Care Subsidy Information for Parents
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
may be able to help families with the cost of child care through the Child Care
Subsidy Program. The first step is to apply through ACCESSNebraska and complete a phone interview. DHHS will review a number of factors such as,
earned income (for example: wages) and unearned income (for example: child
support, Social Security payments, and Unemployment Insurance).
In order to qualify for assistance, the parent(s) must be:
- Looking for a job;
- Involved with Employment First as part of the
- Going to school or trainings;
- Going to medical or therapy visits for self or
their child(ren); and or
- Ill or hurt (must be confirmed by a doctor).
For two parent families, both parents must be participating in one of
the activities listed above at the same time.
The Child Care Subsidy Program is for children age 12 and younger. A
family may receive Child Care Subsidy for a child up to the age of 19 if the
child requires care due to a special need.
The full cost of child care may be covered. Depending on your income, some
families may owe a monthly fee that is paid directly to the child care
provider. The provider will then bill DHHS for the remainder of the bill.
Families eligible for the Child Care Subsidy program may pick a
provider of their choice. However, DHHS will only pay for child care if the
provider is approved by DHHS. Parents can choose from the following types of
Licensed Child Care Centers;
- Licensed Family Child Care Homes;
- Homes that do not need a license;
- In-Home Care: Care provided in the parent’s home
(there are limits on this type of care)
A parent can use a provider who is not already approved (such as a
friend or family member). The provider will need a referral done for them to
begin the approval process. The parent will need to call ACCESSNebraska and give them the provider’s information. The referral is then sent to Resource
Development (RD) and they will be in contact with the provider in regards to
getting approved. Approval may take up to six weeks to complete. Payment can
start once the provider has been approved. Payments will not be backdated to
the date the referral was made.
To learn more about the Child Care Subsidy program, call ACCESSNebraska
at 1-800-383-4278 (toll-free) or 402-323-3900 (Lincoln) or 402-595-1258 (Omaha)
or apply online.