DTA Child Care Services

What is DTA child care?

DTA child care is free or low-cost child care for current and former TAFDC families. Eligible families get first priority for vouchers and slots and do not have to put their names on a waiting list. DTA child care is for families who need child care so they can work, find a job, or attend an approved education or job training program.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must be receiving TAFDC now or have received TAFDC within the past year. You must also meet an activity requirement by working, looking for work, attending school, or taking part in a training program. Families with disabilities or on maternity leave are also eligible.

What benefits will I get?

Current TAFDC recipients who qualify get free child care right away. Former TAFDC recipients get child care right away, but may have to pay a fee based on income and family size. The number of hours of child care you get depends on your need for services. You may choose the type of child care that is best for your child.

How do I apply?

You must apply at your local Department of Transitional Assistance office. You should talk to your TAFDC case worker. See the DTA’s list of DTA Office Locations, or call 1-800-249-2007 for more information.

How do I use my benefits?

Once DTA approves you for child care, you must bring your DTA authorization to your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency. A counselor will explain the types of child care available and help you find a child care provider for your child. For the name and address of your local agency, see Massachusetts Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies on the EEC web site, or call the EEC at 617-988-6600.