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Eligibility Rules

This section of the website will give you information on financial eligibility levels for child care subsidies and other eligibility rules for people applying for child care subsidies.  


Session Wrap 2017: An Important Win for Child Care, but Much More to be Done
The end of the 2017 Legislative Session was disappointing for those of us hoping to see increased supports for parents and providers in the child care subsidy system. Read More

2015 Policy Wrap Up: Child Care Legislation
In the 2015 legislative session the Assembly passed four bills that were identified in our report Still Mending the Patchwork as critical to the fair and equitable administration of child care subsidies in New York State. Read More


State Senator seeks more spending to help families cover child care costs
Erie County is one of 24 counties in the state that require family copayments of 35 percent of their income for child care. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: New Report Shows Dramatic Disparities Still Exist in Access to Child Care
Despite substantial evidence showing that investing in child care significantly contributes to child well-being and successful outcomes for working parents, as well as successful efforts this year to increase funding for subsidies in the state budget, a new report released today by Empire Justice Center shows that low income working families in New York have continued to lose child care subsidies. Read More


Memo of Support: Create More Subsidies for Low Income Working Families
This analysis from Empire Justice Center, The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Center for Children's Initiatives and The Legal Aid Society shows how every freed up child care slot for infants of public assistance recipients creates three slots for working families. Read More

Empire Justice Center Testimony on Barriers to Accessing Quality Child Care
Child care is in crisis. Senior Attorney Susan Antos testifies before joint committees on what can be done to improve access and affordability of child care for low income families. Read More

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Policy Matters - April 2013
Happy Spring! Welcome to our second April issue of Policy Matters – the extended “non-budget edition” where we will try to catch you up on the many issues we have been working on this month. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2009 Issue
The Summer 2009 issue of the Legal Services Journal has a wide range of articles. With a highlight on Empire Justice Center's legislative outcomes and articles on Child Care, Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Language Access and Public Benefits. Read More



Still Mending the Patchwork: A Report Examining County-by-County Inequities in Child Care Subsidy Administration in New York State
A perfect storm of diminished federal and State funding, a growing low-wage work force and the steadily increasing cost of child care is straining New York's child care to the breaking point. Read More


Immigrant Eligibility Handbook
The rules governing the eligibility of individuals who are not citizens of the United States for federal or state public benefits, including medical assistance, are complicated. They are also subject to change. This manual addresses the immigrant eligibility rules of the various health care programs in New York as they existed in December of 2008. Read More



Child Care and Child Support
This course covers the fundamentals of the child support requirements for applicants and recipients of child care assistance. Discussions include the active pursuit of child support; good cause exception and determinations; failure to cooperate by applicant or recipient; the child support order; treatment of child support as income; what happens if the non-custodial parent stops paying support; practical difficulties and legal issues that may be raised by petitioners and respondent. Read More