Child Care Subsidy: Age Requirements

Children are eligible for child care benefits from birth to the day before they turn 13.

There are some exceptions to this:

  1. When a child turns 13 during an eligibility period, care may be continued until the next renewal.
  2. Children with disabilities 13 years if age or older, who are not capable of self-care as age appropriate, may qualify for continued care until they turn 19 years of age. This must be verified by a statement from a licensed healthcare professional before care can be approved. A new statement must be provided annually. When a child with disabilities turns 19 in the middle of an eligibility period, care may be continued until the next renewal.
  3. A child under court supervision 13 years of age or older may qualify for child care benefits. A statement from a Child Welfare worker, a worker from the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or a court order must be provided before this can be approved. This must be updated annually.

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