Paying for Child Care
Child care is one of the biggest costs for families in the United States. It’s important to know what resources are available to help with child care costs in Maryland.
High-quality child care programs may cost more than other options. But when children are in a quality child care program they are able to develop, explore, and grow. A safe and nurturing early learning environment allows children to get ready for school and allows their parents to focus on work or school knowing that their child is in a healthy, caring environment.
It is important to make sure your child care provider meets health and safety requirements. You should always ask to see a copy of the provider’s license. It is also a good idea to review the provider’s inspection reports. Access these reports in your state.
A number of financial assistance programs offer help paying for child care. Click on each category to review options that may be able to help.
- Child Care Scholarship Program (formerly called vouchers): This program help low-income and working families pay for child care so they can work or attend school. For more information about the Scholarship Program and to see if you are eligible visit money4childcare.com.
- Head Start and Early Head Start: Maryland Head Start and Early Head Start programs help prepare children to start school and provide services to support their mental, social, and emotional development. Families who have low incomes or meet other requirements may be eligible for Head Start. More information about Head Start and Early Head Start.
- State-funded pre-kindergarten: Maryland PreK programs serve children between 3 and 5 years old. They focus on early education and school readiness. Maryland offers these programs to eligible families at low or no cost. Programs may be part-day or full-day. Find PreK programs near you.
- Military fee assistance programs: Child care fee assistance is available to eligible members of the military. This program is managed by Child Care Aware of America. Eligibility requirements are different for each branch of service. More information about military assistance programs.