If you have children under the age of 13, you may qualify for the VISTA program's childcare benefit. Your approved benefit rates will be your child care provider's rates or the maximum allowable rate in the state in which the child care is being provided (whichever is the lesser of the two). Eligibility is determined by three factors:
- Age of children: must be under 13 years of age.
- Total household income: All income of all family members living in the household is counted to determine eligibility. This includes any wages, SSI, TANF, public assistance, unemployment, child support or alimony. Your VISTA living allowance, however, is not counted in determining eligibility.
- Your state income limit: Each state sets a maximum income limit for eligibility for child care subsidies. If your family income is above this limit, you cannot receive child care benefits. Contact the program provider for more information.
State child care benefits may also be available and you should explore them before making a decision about child care. Compare the state child care benefits to the VISTA child care benefits to determine which program best supports your family.
If you decide to apply for the VISTA child care benefits, plan to spend time gathering documents to show that you meet requirements. Also, work closely with your provider so they submit the required documentation.
Note that you cannot receive child care benefits from any other source if you are receiving VISTA child care subsidies.