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Paying for Child Care
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Paying for good child care can be a struggle. In fact, child care is probably the second largest expense in your budget after rent or mortgage. The average cost of child care in Hawaii is $640 per month. This cost can vary depending on the age of the child, location, and type of care desired.
Think about what your family needs, and take a close look at your budget.
What should you do?
By planning ahead, getting the facts, and using all of the resources available to help you, you are off to a good start in making the best choice for your family.
Here is information on other resources for child care assistance:
Tax Credits and Assistance
Find out what tax programs you might be eligible for to assist you with your child care needs.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
You may be able to lower your taxes and even get up to several thousand dollars back if you qualify for the EITC. To qualify you must be working full or part-time and make less than a certain amount based upon family size. You don’t have to owe any taxes to get the EITC.
Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
If you have a child under 13 and owe federal income taxes, this tax credit can help cover a portion or all of the taxes you owe if you qualify.
Dependent Care Assistance Programs
Your employer may offer this program which allows you to have money taken out of your paycheck tax-free and put into a special account to be used for child care tuition reimbursement. The main purpose of this type of program is to lower the amount of taxes you have to pay during the year. However, you can’t claim any money you put into this account for the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (described above).
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-income workers complete their tax forms. For more information on VITA and other tax related questions, call 1-800-829-1040.
To get more information call the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of Taxation on Oahu: 587-4242, Kauai: 247-3456, Hawaii: 974-6321, Maui: 984-8500 or the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 and request Form #596 Earned Income Credit and Form #503 Child and Dependent Care Expenses, or ask your tax accountant. You can also visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov or the State of Hawaii’s Dept. of Taxation website at www.hawaii.gov/tax.
DHS Child Care Assistance Program
The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services (DHS) has secured additional sources of funding to temporarily help families that experience a decrease in their subsidy payment.
Families affected by decreases in DHS subsidies may qualify for emergency financial assistance payments for their child care.
CAP Assistance can only be provided to parents who have: 1) Received a "990" or "Notice of Adverse Action" from DHS to reduce their childcare subsidy and 2) Have a child enrolled with a licensed child care provider. The CAP can provide payments for a maximum of four months, not to exceed June 30, 2010. All payments are made to the child care provider. To receive CAP assistance, a parent must complete an application and attend a financial literacy workshop within 30 days after the first payment has been approved.
For applications and assistance with CAP, contact:
OAHU: Honolulu, Aiea or Pearl City:
The Salvation Army
Tel: (808) 841-5565
OAHU: Windward, Leeward, Central & Rural Oahu:
Helping Hands Hawaii
Tel: (808) 440-3881
Office for Social Ministry
Tel: (808) 935-3050
Tel: (808) 245-8545
Maui Family Support Services
Tel: (808) 242-1608
Click here for CAP Fact Sheet and Information.
Other subsidy programs are listed on this page.
Child care providers and affected families may also contact any PATCH office for information and assistance.
Local Subsidy Programs