Child Care Subsidy - Eligibility and enrollment of children under 5 years in Pennsylvania

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The availability of child care subsidies to low-income families increases the opportunity for them to access high-quality care for their children, enhancing their school readiness and increasing the likelihood that parents remain employed.
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Definitions: Child care subsidies are available to low-income working families to increase the opportunity for parents to obtain high-quality child care for their children while they work. The figures represent the number of children under 5 years who are eligible (i.e. have all available parents in the labor force and live below 200% poverty), the number and percent of infants, toddlers and preschool-age children enrolled through the Child Care Works subsidized child care system, and the percent of unserved, eligible children.

Data Source: PPC created an interactive map with statistics and fact sheets by county and legislative district.  Please go to for links to the maps.

Footnotes: Starting in October 2018, OCDEL did not provide data for counts less than 11. In those cases, the percent of children in high-quality could not be calculated.

Updated December 2020.