The Ontario County Department of Social Services administers the Office of Children and Family Services low-income child care program through the Temporary Assistance Unit. In June 2015, the income limit was increased to 175% of the poverty limit or below for its child care program. The program has become more stable and has enabled Ontario County to assist working families that are at or under 175% of the poverty level to make child care more affordable. We are also currently assisting teen parents that need to attend High School. Each family is required to pay a family fee that is based on their income and household size directly to their child care provider. Through a low-income child care grant, the child care unit pays the balance of the cost of care (up to the current market rate) directly to the provider or to the parent if care is provided in the child’s home. Each family chooses which child care provider they will use to care for their children. All providers that are eligible for a subsidy payment must be approved through the Office of Children and Family Services and/or Child and Family Resource Center. As of November 1st, 2017, the child care unit is currently assisting 239 families which includes 468 children in Ontario County to help cover the child care expense so the families can continue to be self-sufficient.