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Child Care Subsidy

We provide subsidized day care to eligible county residents. We can help offset the day care costs for you while you attend work or school. There is no cost to apply. You can keep your existing provider and reduce day care costs to as little as $1 per week.

Take the eligibility questionnaire to see if you are eligible at:

Level of Eligibility by Family Size (based on 85% of the New York State Gross Median Income
valid as of 10/1/2023)
Family Size 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Annual $67,490.16 $83,370.21 $99,250.25 $115,130.29 $131,010.33 $133,987.84 $136,965.35
Month $5,624.18 $6,947.52 $8,270.85 $9,594.19 $10,917.53 $11,165.65 $11,413.78


To apply for a Child Care Subsidy you must file an application packet.  

The packet can be downloaded, picked up any DCFS location (60 Market St, Poughkeepsie 12601, Eastern Dutchess Government Center, 131 County House Rd, Millbrook NY 12545, or Beacon Center, 223 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508) or call 845.486.3190 for a packet to mailed to you. 

List of necessary documents for determining eligibility (pdf)

Application Packet:

To either find or become an approved child care provider visit the Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam website or call 845-473-4141 


  • 845-486-3000
  • 845-486-3090
  • Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS)
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm should not be used to submit applications or case documents as we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of these document submissions. Please use NYdocsubmit (mobile phone application) or visit

Additional DCFS Locations

Eastern Dutchess Government Center (EDGC)
Beacon Center

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