Children & Youth
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care

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Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, U.S. Census

What does this measure?

The percentage of children in subsidized child care, expressed as a rate of all children under 13.

Why is this important?

Parents who cannot pay for child care on their own may be unable to work or may leave children unsupervised. Child care subsidies can help low-income families get on their feet financially. The number of families receiving such help can be a partial measure of the number of working poor people in a region, though policy and administrative decisions can also factor into trends.

How is Westchester County performing?

In 2020, over 1,600 children, or 1% of Westchester County's children under 13, participated in subsidized child care. This was less than the 2.7% rate statewide. Westchester's rate has been slowly decreasing from a high of 2.1% in 2011 and was at its lowest rate in 2020. Compared with similar counties, Westchester's rate of children in subsized care was higher than Putnam at 0.1% and Rockland at 0.7%, but lower than Nassau at 1.7%.

Notes about the data

Data for each year represent the average of the number of children in subsidized care each month of the year, out of all children under age 13. Comparable national data were not available. To be eligible for subsidized care, a child must be under 13, under 18 if disabled, or under a court order. Data do not reflect the number of children eligible for subsidized care, only those receiving it following a formal application and approval process.

Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Westchester County2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%1%
Nassau County1%1%1%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%2%
Putnam County0%0%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%0%0%0%
Rockland County2%2%2%2%2%2%2%1%1%1%1%1%1%1%
New York State4%4%4%4%4%4%4%4%4%4%4%4%3%3%

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, U.S. Census
Notes: Rates reflect percent of all children under age 13. To be eligible for subsidized care, a child must be under 13, under 18 if disabled, or under a court order.




Number of Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care
20072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Westchester County2,7613,0133,0693,3643,6213,4513,0353,2103,1243,1252,9602,7742,4911,683
Nassau County3,1763,2943,3903,6054,2004,3484,9195,1555,0585,0794,9904,9984,7603,817
Putnam County888210011110710411293777781674717
Rockland County1,0871,0981,1761,3441,3191,2771,119853876884874900810518
New York State120,153120,593121,127129,015137,840134,868131,998128,499126,649125,215120,383116,998105,70482,111

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, U.S. Census
Notes: To be eligible for subsidized care, a child must be under 13, under 18 if disabled, or under a court order.








INDICATORS TREND | WESTCHESTER
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Infant Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0
Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care -1
Decreasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 -1
Decreasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Single Female-Headed Households 0
Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0
Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 1
Increasing
Serious Crimes -1
Decreasing
Victims of Domestic Violence -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households With Internet Access, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Households without Vehicles -1
Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Air Quality 1
Increasing
Population Density 0
Maintaining
Water Quality of the Long Island Sound 1
Increasing
Open Space in Westchester County 1
Increasing
Change in Total Population 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Change in Population, by Age -1
Decreasing
People with Disabilities 1
Increasing
Language Diversity 1
Increasing
People 65 or Older Living Alone 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs -1
Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Business Ownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 10 Not Applicable*
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty -1
Decreasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty 0
Maintaining
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Food Insecurity -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP, by Race/Ethnicity 0
Maintaining
Public Assistance 0
Maintaining
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income 1
Increasing
Homeownership Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden -1
Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households -1
Decreasing
Homelessness, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Homelessness, by Sex 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Student Spending 0
Maintaining
Student Suspensions -1
Decreasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Admission Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
College Enrollment Rate, by Race/Ethnicity -1
Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity 1
Increasing
People Without Health Insurance -1
Decreasing
Mortality Rate, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Mortality Rate from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Diabetes Mortality, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*
Suicide Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 10 Not Applicable*


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