900 Dennis Road
Jacksonville, NC - 28546
Fax: (910) 938-0068
This is the local county office that handles subsidized child care services.
North Carolina's Division of Child Development uses a combination of state and federal funds to provide subsidized child care services to eligible families through a locally administered state-supervised voucher system. Annually each county receives a combination of state and federal funding from the Division of Child Development for subsidized child care services. The amount of funding allocated to each county is determined by legislation.
If the county department of social services or other local purchasing agency does not have enough funding to serve all families who apply for subsidized child care, the agency may establish priorities for services. For example, an agency may choose to give priority to working parent(s) or families who need child care to support child protective services.
If a family meets the eligibility criteria, the state of North Carolina pays a portion of the cost of child care. Parents are free to choose a child care arrangement that best fits their needs as long as the provider chosen participates in the Subsidized Child Care Program.
The amount the state pays for child care depends on:
The family's situational criteria
The family's income
The cost of the child care provided
To qualify for the child care subsidy program, a family needs to meet both the situational and financial criteria.
You may be eligible to receive child care assistance if one or more of the following situations apply to your family:
You are working or are attempting to find work
You are in school or in a job training program
Your child is receiving child protective services
Your child needs care to support child welfare services or if your family is experiencing a crisis
Your child has developmental needs
Most families, including those receiving Work First Family Assistance , are required to pay a percentage of their child care costs based upon their gross monthly income. The parent fee percentages are 10%, 9%, and 8% and are based on family size.