Surry County Subsidized Child Care
To Contact Us:
Surry County Early Childhood Partnership, Inc.
PO Box 7050
101 West Lebanon Street, Suite 106
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Telephone: (336) 786-1880
Fax: (336) 786-1879
Source: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Child Development and Early Education
Changes Effective October 1, 2014
Maximum Income Eligibility Limits
The income eligibility requirements for children served in the subsidized child care program have changed. For children ages 0-5 and for children with special needs, the maximum income limit for families will change from 75% of State Median Income (SMI) to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In addition, the maximum income limits for families who need assistance for children ages 6-12 have changed from 75% of SMI to 133% of FPL. Families who receive assistance to support Child Welfare Services, Child Protective Services and foster children in DSS custody will continue to be served without regard to income.
Changes were made to set parental fees at 10% of gross monthly income for all families who are required to pay a fee. Families who receive assistance to support Child Welfare Services or Child Protective Services will continue to be exempt from the fee requirement. Families who provide foster care services for children who are in the custody of the county department of social services are also exempt. Policies related to these changes will become effective October 1, 2014.
Prorated Parental Fees
The proration of parental fees for part-time care is eliminated. Families who need part-time care will be assessed the full fee amount based on 10% of the gross monthly income. The increased parental fees will reduce the amount paid to child care providers by the Subsidized Child Care Program.
Changes Effective January 1, 2015
Income Unit Definition
The definition of income unit has been changed to include the following:
A stepparent and stepparentís child, if applicable; and
A nonparent relative caretaker, and the caretakerís spouse and child, if applicable, when the parent of the child receiving subsidized child care does not live in the home with the child.
Income earned by these family members must now be included in the calculation for determining the income eligibility of the child as well as the calculation of the parental fee. This policy change must also be applied to all families who are currently receiving child care assistance by January 1, 2015.
Market Rate Adjustments
Adjustments will be made to the child care market rates for three- to five-star child care centers and three- to five-star family child care homes. These adjustments will implement twenty-five percent (25%) of the recommended rate adjustments as defined in the 2013 Child Care Market Rate Study. Tables to reflect the new child care market rates are currently being finalized. These new rates will be posted on-line and provided in a subsequent change notice.
Maximum Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Limits for Subsidized Child Care Services
EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2014
200% Federal Poverty Level
133% Federal Poverty Level
For additional information regarding the Surry County Subsidized Child Care Program, contact Surry County Department of Social Services' office between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phone number is (336) 401-8800.
118 Hamby Road
Dobson, NC 27017