Day Care

The 1996 welfare reform that created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) consolidated several different sources of federal funding for child care into the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). CCDBG provides a block grant to states for child care assistance in order to help low-income working families, families receiving Public Assistance, and those enrolled in training or education become and remain independent. States can use these funds to help move families out of poverty and stay off welfare by enabling them to work.

Specifically, CCDBG helps to defray the costs of child care by providing eligible low-income families with subsidies. For many parents, receiving child care is essential in order to stay employed. For families receiving TANF benefits, child care is pivotal to a parent's ability to make a smooth transition from welfare to employment.

Day care services are provided in centers or informally through a variety of funding sources:

  • Child care is provided to Public Assistance recipients for employment and/or training leading to employment.
  • Transitional child care along with Medicaid is offered for one year to Public Assistance recipients whose cases are closed due to employment.
  • Low Income day care is available to working parents who are not eligible for Public Assistance and whose income is less than 85% of the New York State Median income.
  • Child care is also provided through this funding to teen parents to allow them to finish high school. Low income day care is limited by available funding.
  • Finally, day care is provided to children who are at risk of foster care placement due to abuse or neglect.

Effective 04/01/2022

  • Childcare assistance can be available for parents that are searching for employment for up to 3 months.
  • Childcare assistance is obtainable for parents enrolling in remedial educational programs such as reading, writing, mathematics, and oral communications; along with English as second language programs.
  • Childcare is accessible for parents entering training programs that will help assist parents in obtaining employment.
  • Childcare is also available for parents enrolling in 2 or 4 year higher education/collegiate  programs.
  1. Your Day Care Case
  2. Forms

How to Apply for Day Care Funding

You may be eligible to receive funding to assist in the costs of your day care. Whether your case is closing for Family Assistance or if you are working, we need the following information to determine if you can receive help:

  • If you get paid every other week, we need 4 copies of consecutive current paystubs. If you get paid every week, we need copies of consecutive current paystubs. If your job hasn't started yet, you can get a letter from your employer stating how many hours per week you will be working and how much you will be paid per hour, shift hours and start date.
  • We need copies of birth certificates for the children who need day care. If you and the children have been on Public Assistance we can access this information for you (unless the child was not on your case).
  • Social Services (DSS) also needs proof of residency in Rensselaer County. Please submit a copy of either a lease agreement or monthly utility/housing expense bill with your name and address on it.

Once you have compiled these documents, next you must complete the Application for Child Care Assistance. We need to know who will be providing care for your children.


If you are using a babysitter you must enroll them by completing a packet of information and sending it to:
Brightside Up Inc.
91 Broadway
Menands, NY 12204

To receive an enrollment packet, please call us to request one. If enrolled, we will pay your babysitter directly.

Day Care Center / Family Day Care

If you are using a day care center or family day care we will pay directly to the provider. In both cases, we need a completed attendance sheet for the month. Your payment will be based on attendance. This program, using a State formula and your annual income, will establish a "parent share" which you will need to pay.

This parent share does not include any additional costs your provider may charge you.

Income Guidelines

INCOME STANDARDS October 1, 2023


85% New York State Median Income








































Rensselaer County is currently opening Childcare Subsidy Cases up to 85% of the New York State Median Income.

You can also apply with Workforce Development Institute.

Submit Your Information

Once you have completed the Application for Child Care Assistance, Day Care Provider Information Form and secured copies of paystubs and child support orders mail or bring to:
Rensselaer County Department of Social Services
ATTN: Day Care
127 Bloomingrove Drive
Troy, NY 12180

DSS has 30 days to make a determination of eligibility once a complete application is received.

Fax or email applications and/or questions.
Fax:  518-833-6187