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Child Care Subsidy - Monthly average number of children in subsidized child care by age group (2007-2019) in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

The availability of child care subsidies to low-income families increases the opportunity for them to access high-quality care for their children, enhancing their school readiness and increasing the likelihood that parents remain employed.
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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 monthly average over a fiscal year.

Age Group
Infant:  Birth to 1 year
Young Toddler:  1 to 2 years
Older Toddler:  2 to 3 years
Preschool:  3 years to the date the child enters kindergarten in a public or private school system
Young School-Age:  Kindergarten to the date the child enters the 4th grade of a public or private school system
Older School-Age:  4th grade of a public or private school system to 13 years of age.  Also includes children 13 and over but under 19 years of age incapable of caring for himself.

Data Source

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

December 2020