TOLL FREE: (800) 548-2741 Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland Counties - Region 4

Early Learning Resource Center administers Child Care Works, Pennsylvania’s child care subsidy program helping low-income families pay for child care.

Here's how you can apply now:

You can apply using the Pennsylvania's COMPASS Online website:
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OR

Call for an application at (800) 548-2741, or print and complete this application then return it to your local ELRC. To get the application Click Here!

Including your ID, proof of address, verification of family composition, employment verification and authorization for information can help to speed up the process of applying to the program. Continue reading for more information.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY PARENTS APPLYING FOR SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE

Question:
What are the general eligibility requirements?

Answer:
  • Parent/Caretaker must work at least 20 hours per week—up to 10 training hours can be included in the 20 hour work week
  • You meet the income guidelines (200% FPIG)
  • You have children less than 13 years of age
  • You must pay a portion on your child care costs (co-payment)
  • Must be a Greene, Fayette, Washington or Westmoreland County resident (Note: If a Parent/Caretaker resides in a different county, they must apply in that county. )


Question:
What are the Income Guidelines?
Reportable income includes all earned and unearned. An example of unearned income is social security benefits or child support payments.

Answer:
FAMILY SIZE
GROSS ANNUAL INCOME LIMIT
2
$32,920
3
$41,560
4
$50,200
5
$58,840
6
$67,480



Question:
How will a parent know if they are eligible?

Answer:
After an application is processed, a letter will be mailed stating that the parent is eligible or not eligible for subsidized funding.

If determined eligible and no funds are available, a No Funds Available letter will be mailed stating the child/ren is on the waitlist.

When funds become available, the parent will be contacted by phone and a Funds Available letter will be mailed to the parent instructing them to contact the office to schedule a face to face appointment.

Have a question? Call us Toll Free at (800) 548-2741 Monday through Friday 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Question:
Are there other forms that may help the application process?

Answer:
    • Yes, including these forms may help us process your application more quickly:
       * Employment Verification Form #01
       * Class Training Schedule Verification Form #02
       * Self Employment Verification form and Schedule of Care Form #03
       * Teen Training Education Form Form #04
       * Authorization For Release of Information Form Form #05




Question:
What documents can be provided to ELRC as proof of family composition?

Answer, Provide one of the following for each family member:
    • Birth certificates for each child
    • Custody orders for your children
    • Medical records (must include your child's address)
    • Written statements from a physician (must include your child's address)
    • School records (must include your child's address)
    • Marriage license
    • Driver’s license
    • Driver’s license address change card (with current address)




Question:
What are acceptable forms of identification?

Answer:
    • Driver’s license (with or without photo)
    • Military photo- identification card
    • Passport
    • Birth certificate
    • Social Security card
    • Marriage license
    • Court order for a name change