Family Guidance Center

A Non-Profit Organization Providing Services for Alabama Families Since 1959

Child Care Financial Assistance

Child Care is one of the biggest expenses of working parents. It is estimated that low-income families often pay more than 30% of their take-home pay for child care. Subsidized child care makes it possible for parents to work or attend school, and thereby meet their goals of self-sufficiency. Each year, Family Guidance Center helps more than 9,000 families pay for child care in 41 counties:

Dothan Region:

Barbour, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike

Montgomery Region:

Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Covington, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery and Wilcox

Opelika Region:

Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa

Talladega Region:

Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, and Talladega

Tuscaloosa Region:

Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa

What is Subsidized Child Care?

Financial assistance is available to help parents pay for child care. Download forms below to apply. The funds, which are a combination of federal and state funds, are locally administered through Family Guidance Center and other Child Care Management Programs. Each family chooses the type of child care arrangement they feel is best for their child.

Who is Eligible for Services?

Low income families who are in need of affordable quality child care. You must meet the following criteria:

  1. The parent or guardian must live in one of the following counties:
    • Dothan Region:
      Barbour, Coffee, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike
    • Montgomery Region:
      Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Chilton, Covington, Dallas, Elmore, Lowndes, Montgomery and Wilcox
    • Opelika Region:
      Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa
    • Talladega Region:
      Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, and Talladega
    • Tuscaloosa Region:
      Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa
  2. You must be employed or a student in an allowable educational program.
  3. You must be income eligible according to the number of persons in your family.
  4. You may be referred to us by Department of Human Resources JOBS, Protective Service, or Foster Care Units.

What is the Allowable Income? 

Regulations allow no deductions to gross income. Family income includes wages from employment, SSI, and SSA, etc. Weekly gross income is multiplied by 4.333 to compute monthly income.

Family of 2 – max monthly income - $1,759  
Family of 3 - max monthly income - $2,212
Family of 4 - max monthly income - $2,665
Family of 5 - max monthly income - $3,118
Family of 6 - max monthly income - $3,571
Family of 7 - max monthly income - $4,024
Family of 8 - max monthly income - $4,476

Will I pay a Parent Fee? 

Normally, you will pay parent fees depending upon your income and family size. The fee may range from $8.00 to $23.00 per child for each week. These fees are mandatory and must be paid by the parent.

How do I Apply?

You must complete a subsidy application form along with the required documents on the checklist and return it to our Child Care Management Program office. Forms may be requested by calling our Montgomery office, 334.270.4100 or 800.499.6597. You may also stop by your local Child Care Management office. For a printable copy of the application and checklist of required documents, click on the links in the section below.

Who is included in a Family?

Family is the basic family unit consisting of an adult and his or her spouse (including common law), children under 18 years of age, and minor parents under 18 years of age and their children, related by blood, marriage, or adoption, who are residing in the same household.

Why is there a Waiting List?

Funding is a combination of State and Federal monies. The State and Federal Government funds can only pay for a certain number of children and when that maximum is reached a waiting list is formed. The waiting list is updated every 6 months and at the time funds become available people will be notified in the order in which they applied.

Child Care Management Services Hours of Operation:

We are open Monday through Friday 8:00am -12:00 pm and 1:00pm -4:30 pm

We are closed all State of Alabama Holidays

If you need to speak to a Supervisor for Family Guidance Center of Alabama, please call 800.499.6597 and ask for Kathy Camp, CMA Director.