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Louisiana free child care assistance programs.

While the funding is limited and demand is high, Louisiana does provide financial assistance for paying child care bills. The state will pay a portion of your total costs and this is known as a free subsidy for day care needs. Many conditions need to be met by applicants, but in general the assistance from the government is for those that meet low income guidelines and who need help while they are attending job training programs, school or working.

Terms can change. However they can include your child needs to be under the age of 13 or assistance may be provided for a child under 18 that is disabled. Low income levels will need to be met by applicants. In addition, you and/or your spouse will need to be attending education or work programs. Or you will need to actively employed. Some day care may be paid for as well if the parent is disabled.

If you are able to enroll into this free daycare assistance program, then any monthly payments issued by the state of Louisiana will be based on the number of hours the parents attend school or training or work. Other factors include the family size, amount charged by the child care provider, and total household income. The program does provide some flexibility as well. Enrolled parents can select any Class A child care center, after school or school-based before program, or some other form of licensed child care center.

The state will require full documentation and ask for proof of your needs. This can include some or all of the following.

  • Applicants will need to provide pay stubs and sources of income. This can include SSI, Social Security, child support, Veteran's Administration benefits, alimony, and Worker's Compensation.
  • Bring proof of identification including copy of social Security cards for all household members.
  • You need to bring birth certificates for all children in the home along with proof of citizenship or alien status of children in need of care.
  • For any parent in Louisiana (including a minor unmarried parent age 16 or older) attending school, you will be required to bring a statement from the educational or job training program. This needs to verify hours of attendance each week.
  • If you are disabled, or the child is, bring verification of the disability, such as a doctor’s statement. This is also needed if you are not receiving VA Disability benefits, SSI, or other forms of Social Security Disability benefits.





At the proper time, the applicant will also need take the CCAP Rate and Availability Verification form to the child care provider you select. They need to complete this in order for you to be able to receive financial assistance from the state of Louisiana. If your determined eligible for the subsidy, then all payments are made directly to that eligible day care provider.

As indicated, parents can select where to get your care from. This can be a school program or a state licensed Class A Day Care Center. You can even select a family member as well, such as an aunt or uncle. In some cases the Department of Defense may license a provider too. The number of places that accept child care vouchers in Louisiana is extensive.

The amount that is provided by the state of Louisiana is based on many factors. This includes your household size and income, the number of hours your child is in day care, the number of hours the parent works or attends an educational or training program, and the amount that is being charged by your provider. The program does not pay your entire bill. They subsidize your cost, or in some cases free care is given. Therefore the participant will be responsible for paying the difference between the amount paid by Louisiana and what your provider is charging you.

Apply for free daycare in Louisiana

To learn more or apply, you have a few option. Applications are accepted online. Or you can decide to stop by a local Economic Stability parish office in Louisiana. Or call 1-888-524-3578 for additional details, including application sites.


By Jon McNamara

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