If you are receiving subsidized care, you may be responsible for two monthly fees: a Family Fee and a Program Fee.
This is the amount that your caseworker has determined you are able to contribute monthly toward your child’s care. Your caseworker will send your chosen child care provider a statement that includes this dollar amount. Your provider has no say in determining this amount.
In some counties, you will pay this fee directly to the provider; in other counties, you may pay it to the administering agency. Call your caseworker to find out where this payment should go. If you pay the provider directly, the provider will send a receipt to your administering agency every month to prove you paid. Family Fees are generally collected at the beginning of the month.
The Program Fee is any additional charge that the provider has set for you to pay monthly. This fee is completely separate from your local agency and is handled entirely between you and the provider.
Some providers choose to add this fee if the county’s reimbursement rate is well below their normal tuition rates. The provider should discuss this fee with you before enrolling your child. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out the provider. This fee should be paid at the beginning of the month.