Child Care Assistance
What is child care assistance?
Child care assistance provides financial support to help you pay for the cost of child care. The Child Care Services Bureau pays some or all of your child care costs each month. The payment is made directly to your child care provider.
Who is eligible for child care assistance?
Any parent, grandparent, or legal guardian who is working, going to school, or in a job training program may apply. Eligibility is determined by family income and household size.
What ages qualify for child care assistance?
Any child between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years qualifies. If special supervision is required, children up to 18 years of age qualify.
Who may provide care for my child?
You choose the care that is best for you and your child, such as a licensed center, licensed child care home, a registered family child care home, or a before-and-after-school program.
How do I apply for child care assistance?
Call or visit a Child Care Services Bureau office in your area. You will need to bring the following information with you when you apply for services:
- If you’re working: A pay stub for you and the parents or legal guardians living in the household, or a tax return if you’re self-employed
- If you’re in school: A school schedule for you and the parents or legal guardians living in the household
- If you or the child’s parent receives child support: A child support court order document or a notarized statement from the absent parent
- A birth certificate or hospital record for all children being applied for
- Proof of New Mexico residency, like a utility bill or lease agreement
- Name, address, and phone number of the child care provider selected (for new registered home providers, the provider’s social security card and picture ID are needed)
Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
Call PullTogether at 1-800-691-9067. You can also call or visit a Child Care Services Bureau office in your area.