Child Care

The Department of Social Services administers a variety of programs providing child care assistance to low-income working families. Some of these programs are only available to families who are enrolled in TANF or participating in the Prince William County Schools Head Start Program.  The child care subsidy program is available to any low income working family that meets the eligibility requirements.  Funding for child care programs is limited, so families requesting assistance are often placed on a waiting list. Child care services are provided to eligible families with children under the age of 13, or age 18 if the child has special needs. 

The goals of the child care subsidy programs are:
  • To help low income families afford quality child care for their children.
  • To allow parents to work and become self-sufficient.
How to apply for Child Care Assistance:
  • If you are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or are in the VIEW Program,  or are participating in the VIEW program, you may either contact your TANF worker or apply online. 
  • If you do not receive assistance and wish to apply for the child care subsidy program, you  may also apply online.
  • Because funding is limited, you may be placed on a waiting list for child care assistance.
Choosing a Child Care Provider:
Choosing a Child Care provider is a very important decision.  The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS)  provides guidance to parents to help you with this decision. Childcare Guidance for Parents. The VDSS website also offers an up to date listing of all child care providers.  You may research the site by the type of care you prefer and by zip code. Read more information from VDSS about Child Care providers.   

Information on becoming a Child Care Provider:

Working parents rely on quality child care in order to be able to work and support their families.  If you are interested in becoming a Child Care provider in Prince William County, our local Resource and Referral Network provider is Infant and Toddler Family Day Care.  They can provide information on becoming a licensed provider, a regulated provider or an unregulated provider.