All licensed providers in the District of Columbia are required to renew their subsidy application using the web-based Subsidy Agreement Renewal Application (SARA) system. This system is designed to reduce time and costs associated with processing new subsidy contracts, renewals, and updates. SARA has pre-populated information on the programs and will allow providers to submit applications online. Providers can also check the status of submitted applications by logging into SARA.

As a quality early care and education provider, your participation in the District of Columbia Child Care Subsidy Program makes it possible for DC's most vulnerable residents, our children, to have a strong foundation for kindergarten and life. OSSE appreciates  your dedication to maintaining your subsidy provider status.


Click here for more information on DC child care provider licensing requirements.

Subsidy News & Upcoming Events

  • Deadline to upload documents in SARA: Sept. 26, 2016

Child Care Subsidy Program

Each year, thousands of District of Columbia families rely on quality child-centered and family-focused services that support their goals of economic self-sufficiency and healthy child development. To assist DC parents and families, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) offers resources to families through the Child Care Subsidy Program, which helps eligible families cover the cost of child care in the District. The subsidy program provides families a wide range of child care options, including a variety of program types and schedules that enable families to choose the program that best meets their needs.

In partnership with child development providers, OSSE works to meet the following goals to ensure all the District's youngest residents receive the  highest quality services:


  • Provide low and moderate income families with the financial resources to find and afford quality early care and education programs for their children;
  • Provide quality early care and education programs to parents who are trying to achieve independence and self-sufficiency;
  • Promote parental choice in the selection of early care and education programs;
  • Empower working parents to make their own decisions on the program that best suits their family's needs;
  • Provide consumer education to help parents make informed choices about quality early care and education programs;
  • Enhance the quality and increase the supply of child care options for all families; and
  • Improve the coordination among child care programs and early childhood development programs.

For more information on OSSE and the Child Care Subsidy Program, please visit the Division of Early Learning web pages.