Children, Inc. realizes the importance of high quality early childhood education and care for all children. Mindful of the financial strain tuition may place on a family’s budget, fees for all programs are based on a sliding scale and are determined by income and family size.

State Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and United Way Tuition Assistance program offer assistance for families who meet their established guidelines. State tuition assistance is available to qualifying families with infant through school age children and for full time or part time enrollment.

Families receiving tuition assistance from the state or United Way pay only their assigned co-pay, with no additional overage fees.

State Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is available for child care and determinations are made by State Intake Workers. For example, income and family size are some of the factors that help determine if a family is eligible for assistance. If qualifications are met, the worker helps a family complete a few simple forms to secure tuition assistance.

Homeless households are eligible for expedited services.

Learn more about the CCAP program and eligibility requirements on Benefind’s website.

If you do not qualify for state tuition assistance, you may still qualify for United Way tuition assistance. The following are current income guidelines for United Way tuition assistance for Children, Inc. Early Care and Education Centers and are subject to change.  See the steps below for contact information and for applying for tuition assistance.

Please Note: School Age Services have a different set of guidelines for qualifying families for United Way tuition assistance and use the free and reduced lunch program guidelines, not the United Way guidelines listed below for center-based care or in-school preschool programs.

United Way Child Care Tuition Assistance Program is available for families who qualify based on income, family size and other factors. Individuals must be working at least 30 hours per week and/or in school. A family may qualify for State Assistance and for United Way assistance at the same time, with both funding sources applying funds to reduce the family’s portion of the cost. Families who are over income for state (CCAP) funding may still qualify for United Way funding.

 

Income Guidelines

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

For School Age Services and Extended Educational Care (EEC) only

Family Size Free Meals (130% of federal poverty guidelines) Reduced Price Meals (185% of federal poverty guidelines)
  Monthly Yearly Monthly Yearly
1 $1,265 $15,171 $1,800 $21,590
2 $1,705 $20,449 $2,426 $29,101
3 $2,144 $25,727 $3,051 $36,612
4 $2,584 $31,005 $3,677 $44,123
5 $3,024 $36,283 $4,303 $51,634
6 $3,464 $41,561 $4,929 $59,145
7 $3,904 $46,839 $5,555 $66,656
8 $4,344 $52,117 $6,181 $74,167
For each additional family member, add: $   440 $ 5,278 $   626 $  7,511

Families on state or United Way tuition assistance must stay current on their assigned tuition co-pay or assistance will be withdrawn.

Ohio Child Care Income Eligibility Standards

The income standards are as follows:

Family Size 2014 Federal Poverty Level (100%) Maximum Income Limit for Initial Eligibility* Maximum Income Limit for Transitional Eligibility** Maximum Income Limit for Ongoing Eligibility***
2 $1,311 $1,639 $1,967 $2,622
3 $1,649 $2,061 $2,474 $3,298
4 $1,988 $2,485 $2,982 $3,976
5 $2,326 $2,908 $3,489 $4,652
6 $2,664 $3,330 $3,996 $5,328
7 $3,003 $3,754 $4,505 $6,006
8 $3,341 $4,176 $5,012 $6,683
9 $3,679 $4,599 $5,519 $7,358
10 $4,018 $5,023 $6,027 $8,036
11 $4,356 $5,445 $6,534 $8,712
12 $4,694 $5,868 $7,041 $9,388

(For each additional person, add $338 to the monthly FPL)

* These amounts are at or below 125% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines as published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2014.

** These amounts are at or below 150% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines as published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2014.

*** These amounts are at or below 200% of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines as published in the Federal Register on January 22, 2014.