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Affordability and Market Rates

Finding affordable, high quality child care can be a challenge.  Child care can be one of the largest household expenses for a family. New York State provides market rate guidelines on the average cost of child care in Erie County. No matter what type of child care you are considering, there are resources that may help reduce child care costs.


Child Care Subsidy

Child care subsidies are available for working families that meet income eligibility guidelines.

Income Eligibility Guidelines (June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017)

 Family Size Annual Income Monthly Income
1 $23,760 $1,980
2 $32,040 $2,670
3 $40,320 $3,360
4 $48,600 $4,050
5 $56,880 $4,740
6 $65,160 $5,430
 7 $73,460 $6,122
8 $81,780 $6,815
+ each additional $8,320 $693

Contact the Day Care Unit at 716-858-8953 for more information click HERE.


Tax Credits for Families

A tax credit lowers the amount of income tax you have to pay.  Both the Federal government and New York State offer tax credits for parents.

Federal Tax Credits

Earned Income Tax Credit

If you earned income last year, you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.  You can get the Earned Income Tax Credit even if you don’t owe any tax!  Below is a chart for who may be able to claim Earned Income Tax Credit:

Number of qualifying children

Maximum Income

Maximum Income – Married filing jointly

Maximum Tax Credit

0

$14,590

$20,020

$496

1

$38,511

$43,941

$3,305

2

$43,756

$49,186

$5,460

3 or more

$46,997

$52,427

$6,143


Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
 

Families can claim a tax credit for child care expenses!  If you paid for child care for a child under 13, you could qualify to use some of that money as a tax credit.

Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit is a credit of up to $1,000 per qualifying child.  A qualifying child is a child who lived with you for most or all of last year, was 17 or younger at the end of the year and is claimed as a dependent on your tax return.  The maximum amount of $1,000 per child is available to:

  • single parents making up to $75,000
  • parents married and filing separately making up to $55,000
  • parents married and filing jointly making up to $110,000

The Child Tax Credit is also available to parents with higher incomes.  The credit gets smaller as your income increases.

For more information on Federal tax credits, click here

State Tax Credits

Empire State Child Credit

The Empire State Child Credit is for parents who have a child between 4 and 17 years old and qualify for the Federal Child Tax credit.  The credit is $100 per qualifying child, or 33% of the allowed Federal child tax credit, whichever is higher.

For more information on New York State tax credits, click here 

For information on other programs that can assist working families in New York State visit: www.mybenefits.ny.gov or call 1-800-342-3009.


Child Care Rates: 2016-17

Market rates are a guideline on the cost of child care. Market rates are issued from NYS Office of Children and Family Services. The market rate for child care is based on the county where child care is provided, the type of setting, and the age of the child.

Day Care Center

 

Under 1 ½

1 ½ - 2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$259

$242

$225

$200

Daily

$53

$49

$45

$42

Part day

$35

$33

$30

$28

Hourly

$9.00

$8.50

$8.25

$8.00

 

School Age Child Care

 

Under 1 ½

1 ½ - 2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$0

$0

$225

$200

Daily

$0

$0

$45

$42

Part day

$0

$0

$30`

$28

Hourly

$0

$0

$8.25

$8.00

 

Family Day Care and Group Family Day Care Home

 

Under 2

2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$185

$175

$175

$165

Daily

$40

$36

$35

$34

Part day

$27

$24

$23

$23

Hourly

$6.00

$6.00

$6.00

$6.00

 

Legally Exempt (Group Child Care)

 

Under 1 ½

1 ½ - 2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$0

$0

$169

$150

Daily

$0

$0

$34

$32

Part day

$0

$0

$23

$21

Hourly

$0

$0

$6.19

$6.00

 

Legally Exempt (Family Child Care and In-Home Child Care - Standard Rate)

 

Under 2

2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$120

$114

$114

$107

Daily

$26

$23

$23

$22

Part day

$18

$16

$15

$15

Hourly

$3.90

$3.90

$3.90

$3.90

 

 

Legally Exempt (Family Child Care and In-Home Child Care -Enhanced Rate)

 

Under 2

2

3 – 5

6 - 12

Weekly

$130

$123

$123

$116

Daily

$28

$25

$25

$24

Part day

$19

$17

$16

$16

Hourly

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20

$4.20


Read the Office of Children and Family Services Child Care Market Rates for 2016-17

Additional Resources

Employer Support

Your employer may provide discounts or have agreements with programs for reduced rates.  Many employers offer Dependent Care Assistance Programs which will allow you to deduct up to $5,000 a year from your paycheck on a pre-tax basis. The money is put into a special account to be used for child care costs.

Child Care Program Assistance

Your child care provider may offer scholarships, discounts or sliding scale.

Universal Pre-K (UPK) Programs  

Contact your school district about locations and eligibility. These free UPK programs are for children ages 3 and 4. 

Head Start and Early Head Start

These are federally funded full or part day programs that provide free early education and other services to help ready children for school.  Eligibility is based on income. 

Local Head Start Programs:

  • CAO 716-881-5150

Call  1-866-763-6481 or click here

Program Scholarships

Scholarships may be available if you do not qualify for subsidy and meet their income guidelines.  Contact a program for information on availability and eligibility.

Student Support

Colleges may have programs that help with child care costs. Contact your college for information

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