CCDF and On My Way Pre-K Voucher Program

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is a federal program that helps low-income families get childcare so that they may work, attend training, or continue their education. In Indiana, CCDF managed by the Indiana Family and Social Serviced Administration (FSSA) in the office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning.


To apply for the CCDF and On My Way Pre-k voucher program, you can visit or contact your local intake agent.

CCDF Qualifications:

  • Parents/Foster parents who are working or going to school or have a referral from Department of Child Services (DCS) or a referral from TANF/IMPACT.

  • De within income guidelines.

  • Have proof of identity of all family members

  • De a resident of the county where you are applying for assistance

  • Children receiving care must 12 years of age or younger unless they have special needs

  • The child receiving assistance must be a U.S. Citizen or qualified legal alien.


On My Way Pre-K awards grants to 4-year-old from low-income families so that they may have access to a high-quality pre-K program the year before they begin Kindergarten. Families who receive a grant may use the grant at any approved On My Way Pre-K program.


Families living any county in Indiana and meeting the following eligibility requirements will be eligible:

  1. Child must be 4 but not yet 5 years old by August 1, 2020

  2. Child must be a resident of Indiana

  3. Parents/ Guardians in the household must have a service need (working, going to school, attending job training)

  4. Families must earn less than 127% of federal poverty level

Frequently asked questions:


How long does the application process take?


The length of time to complete the process varies based on accurate and timely submission of documentation. Therefore, you should begin the process as soon as possible to ensure you are approved prior to the beginning of the school year.


Do I need to re-apply in order to participate in On My Way Pre-K for the next school year?


Once you are approved as an On My Way Pre-K provider, you do not need to re-apply for On My Way Pre-K. However, you must maintain your CCDF eligibility, which requires a renewal every year. And you will need to sign a new On My Way Pre-K provider agreement each year to reflect any changes to the program.


Why is CCDF used as the standard for On My Way Pre-K?


The legislation that authorized the On My Way Pre-K program requires that providers comply with the standards and requirements for the Child Care and Development Fund.


Income Guidelines:


To qualify for CCDF, your family’s gross monthly income (before taxes and any other deductions) cannot be more than 127% of the federal poverty level. Your family can stay in the program until your income is more than 85% of the Indiana median income guidelines by family size.


Income amounts are figured on gross (before taxes) income. This includes, but is not limited to, overtime, holiday, bonus, sick/paid time off, wages, SSI/SSDI, TANF, unemployment, and child support.

Here is a table to see if you might qualify for the CCDF Program:


Family Size (#) and Gross Monthly Income ($)

  1. $1,350

  2. $1,825

  3. $2,299

  4. $2,773

  5. $3,247

  6. $3,721

  7. $4,195

  8. $4,669

  9. $5,144

  10. $5,618

  11. $6,092

  12. $6,566

  13. $7,040

  14. $7,514

  15. $7,988

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