Paying for Child Care
In 28 states, including North Carolina, child care can cost more than college tuition. To alleviate some of the burden of that cost for working parents or parents training for employment, there is a Child Care Subsidy Program.
In Randolph County, this program is partially funded through Smart Start dollars and operated by Randolph County Department of Social Services. A subsidy voucher can be used at licensed child care centers and family child care homes, approved non-licensed homes, and approved religious sponsored programs that are currently under contract with Randolph County Department of Social Services.
Because there are many more families eligible for child care subsidy than there are funds for vouchers, a waiting list is maintained by Randolph County Department of Social Services.
Participating parents are responsible for paying a fee of 10% of the cost of child care.
• You must need child care to enable you to work, attend job training, or attend school.
• Your children must be age 12 or younger. If a child has a developmental need, assistance may be provided past age 12.
• Your gross family income must be at or below the income guidelines for this program.
A Child Care Coordinator will discuss your situation and ask you to provide additional information to determine if you have a need and are income eligible. You may need to provide wages, school schedule, and other documentation. Once your information is submitted, it will be evaluated.
If you are eligible, you will be placed on a waiting list. When funds are available, you will receive a letter instructing you to return to Randolph County Department of Social Services to complete an application.Download Waiting List Policy [pdf]
Randolph County Department of Social Services sets money aside for families who are eligible and have a child with special needs or are homeless. These families are not placed on a waiting list.
For more information, contact a Child Care Coordinator by calling 336-683-8000 and selecting option 7, or visit Randolph County Department of Social Services, Family Services Unit, 1512 N. Fayetteville St., Asheboro, NC 27203.