Essential knowledge to grow on.

Smart Steps Child Care Assistance Program

Smart Steps provides child care assistance to income-eligible working parents and parents pursuing post-secondary educational goals that have children ages six (6) weeks to five (5) years of age. Families that participate in Smart Steps are responsible for a portion of their child care costs or co-pay based on a sliding income scale. As part of the program, children will be enrolled in quality, affordable, child care facilities and the Imagination Library. Smart Steps is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Eligibility Requirements

Must be employed no less than 30 hours per week, or be enrolled and attending a post-secondary education program full-time or a combination of employment and post-secondary education.

Must have a child between the ages of six(6) weeks through five(5) years old.

Assistance may be available for eligible children who do not have access to Pre-K in their county or who are on a waiting list. The child may not remain in the Smart Steps child care payment assistance program once he or she becomes eligible for Kindergarten or is selected to attend Pre-K from a waiting list.


How to get started

  1. Use one of these methods to contact this service:
    • Apply Online
    • Walk-In
  2. Find the location closest to you below, and use their contact information.

Ages Served

Under 12 Months

Ages 1-5