Determining eligibility

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To qualify for state-subsidized child care, parents must:

  • Work, attend school or enroll in a training program
  • Earn no more than 50 percent of 1997 state median income
  • Co-pay for the program based on a sliding scale

To qualify for Head Start, a family must:

  • Earn below poverty-level income OR
  • Receive welfare or Social Security benefits
Family size
State subsidized
(salary only)
State subsidized
(salary and benefits)
Head Start
(income)

2

3

4

$19,626

$24,243

$28,861

$17,663

$21,819

$25,975

$12,120

$15,260

$18,400

SOURCE: Daycare Action Council of Illinois