Paying for Child Care

CCIS Subsidized Child Care (Apple)

The Child Care Information Services (CCIS) of Bucks County, also known as Apple Child Care Services, is the subsidized child care agency for Bucks County that helps working parents pay for their child care expenses through a grant from the Department of Human Services. Below is some information on the program, as well as information on how to apply.

To be eligible for the subsidy program, you must:

  1. Have a child or children in need of care;
  2. Live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania;
  3. Actively work a minimum of 20 hours per week or be in an education program for 10 hours and working a minimum of 10 hours.
  4. Not exceed certain income limits, based on the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Family Size Maximum Yearly Family Income (May 2017 )
2 $32,480
3 $40,840
4 $49,200
5 $57,560
6 $65,920
7 $74,280
8 $82,640

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Here’s how it works:

APPLY TO THE PROGRAM.
Apply to the program by calling 1-800-371-2109 and ask for an application. You may also download one right here. We will collect some information regarding family size and income from you and let you know if you may be eligible.

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND SEND IT IN.
Once you receive an application, you should fill it out in its entirety.  In addition to the signed and dated application, we ask for some other documents such as proof of employment and any other income you may receive.

RECEIVE AN ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS.
We will conduct an eligibility determination and let you know if you are eligible within 30 days. We may request additional documentation depending on your situation.

WAIT ON WAITING LIST (IF APPLICABLE)
We may have to maintain a Waiting List if funds are not immediately available. As children leave the program and funds become free, we will notify you on a first-come, first served basis.

CHOOSE A CHILD CARE PROVIDER.
CCIS is a parent-choice program where you can choose a child care provider of your choice. However, it is important to know that whatever provider you choose must have a current agreement with the CCIS in order to receive payments.  You will have 30 days from the time funding becomes available to have your child(ren) enrolled with an eligible child care provider who has a current, signed Provider Agreement with the CCIS.  This process may take a while to complete and not everyone is eligible to participate, so it is in your best interest to inquire with your child care provider as soon as possible to see if they have an agreement with CCIS/Apple; you risk losing subsidized child care funding if it extends outside the 30-day time period.  Learn more about the Provider Agreement process and requirements.  Don’t have a provider or are unhappy with their service? You can conduct a provider search for your specific needs right here.

PAY A CO-PAYMENT IN LIEU OF YOUR CHILD CARE EXPENSES.
Once you come off the Waiting List and are enrolled, you are assigned a weekly co-payment in lieu of your child care expenses. The co-payment must be paid each week to the child care provider.  CCIS/Apple will pay an allowable reimbursement rate, which, in most cases, covers the entire child care payment. However, it is important to note that some providers may charge more than what Apple pays and you may be charged the difference by your provider. It is best to ask your provider about these charges beforehandWe will not start paying until you are officially eligible and are notified that payment will begin. We are not responsible for any child care costs incurred prior to your eligibility or funds becoming available, nor will we cover registration fees or any other extra fees (camp fees).

REPORT CHANGES.
You will be required to report changes as they occur and on a yearly basis.  Please speak with your caseworker regarding these changes and the best way to report them.

More information regarding eligibility requirements and regulations can be found by clicking here. You can also download the Parent Handbook, complete with instructions and frequently asked questions.

Click here to download a subsidized child care Apple application (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The CCIS of Bucks County/ Apple Child Care is located at:

CCIS of Bucks County/ Apple Child Care
70 West Oakland Avenue
Suite 210
Doylestown, PA 18901
(800) 371-2109
(215) 348-1283
FAX: (215) 348-9397
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

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United Way Funding

United Way funding is available at various location throughout Bucks County. Scholarships are made available through many organizations that offer child care. Click here to visit their web site.

The County Assistance Office

The local County Assistance Office offers several funding sources for eligible parents including Cash Assistance, Food Stamps and Medical Assistance. Please visit the COMPASS web site for more information or to apply.