Do you need help paying for child care?

To qualify for low income funding:

  • You must complete an application.
  • You must be a resident of Berks County.
  • Your child must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien.
  • You must meet income guidelines.
  • You must be employed at least 20 hours per week, or be a full-time elementary/junior/senior high school student, or be in a combination of work and training.
  • You must pay a weekly co-payment based on family household gross income.

If you are a parent or caretaker who meets the above requirements

Do you need child care for foster children?

Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply for subsidized child care for foster children by downloading the document below:

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Do you receive cash assistance (TANF) or supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the food stamp program)?

To qualify for TANF/SNAP funding:

  • You must be in an approved work or training program.
  • You must be referred to us by your County Assistance Office (CAO) caseworker.
  • If your family meets these requirements, talk to your welfare caseworker or call our office at 610-987-CCIS(2247) or 1-800-257-3038 for assistance.

Do you need help finding child care?

Resource and referral services are available to all families. These free services include:

  • Child care referrals from a statewide database;
  • Lists of all registered/certified child care providers in Berks County;
  • Referrals to federal, state, and local social service agencies;
  • Parenting materials; and
  • Child care consumer information.

Call our office at 610-987-CCIS(2247) or 1-800-257-3038 or search online:

>> Click here to learn about quality child care and the Keystone STARS program.

>> Oprima aqui para aprender sobre el cuido de nino con alta calidad y el programa de Keystone STARS.

Exercise your right to vote.

Your vote is your voice as an American citizen. It’s your opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their decisions, and to have a say in important issues that affect your community. On Election Day, every vote matters.

>> Click here to register to vote.

>> Click here to find your legislators.

Important information about tax credits

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit or the EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When the EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit.

To qualify, taxpayers must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if they did not earn enough money to be obligated to file a tax return.
The EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, low-income housing or most Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments.

>> Click here to find out if you qualify for EITC.

Child Care Tax Credit

This credit is for people who have a qualifying child. It can be claimed in addition to the Credit for Child and Dependent Care expenses.

>> Click here to find out if you qualify for Child Tax Credit.

Do you need more information?

phone – 610-987-CCIS(2247) or 1-800-257-3038; fax – 610-987-8428; e-mail –
CCIS representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Se habla Español.