Change Indicator

Child Care Subsidy - Eligibility and enrollment of children under 5 years in Pennsylvania

Child Care Subsidy - Eligibility and enrollment of children under 5 years

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Nearly 205,000 children under age 5 need subsidized child care so their parents can reliably participate in the workforce and financially support their families. Child care provides not only peace of mind to working parents but an opportunity for young children to develop, grow and learn. Research indicates that access to high-quality child care increases the likelihood that children enter school ready to succeed and their parents remain employed.

Want to learn more about child care in your community? Go to PPC's Child Care Map to find information about the need for child care and the opportunity children, including those who are eligible for Child Care Works, have in your county, state House or state Senate district. You can also learn more about local providers and print local fact sheets.
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Definition and Source



Child care subsidies are available to low-income working families to increase the opportunity for parents to obtain high-quality child care for their children while they work.  

The figures represent the number of children under 5 years who are eligible (i.e. have all available parents in the labor force and live below 200% poverty), the number and percent of infants, toddlers and preschool-age children enrolled through the Child Care Works subsidized child care system, and the percent of unserved, eligible children.

Data Source

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children's analysis of data provided by the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning.


Starting in October 2018, OCDEL did not provide data for counts less than 11. In those cases, the percent of children in high-quality could not be calculated.

Last Updated

April 2023