Maine's Child Care Subsidy Program

Changes to the Child Care Subsidy Program (CCSP) for Parents
Office of Child and Family Services (OFCS)
Effective July 26, 2010

The Child Care Subsidy Program (also known as the Voucher Program) has undergone some significant changes.  How these changes affect parents is outlined below:

New Families:

  • Begin the process by applying at their local Regional DHHS Office for Family Independence (OFI) (see attached page).  You can visit them in person or download an application online.  Currently, the online application (http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ofi/public-assistance/index.html) to use is MaineCare. Until the application is updated online, please indicate you are also requesting CCSP in the “Application For” area.
  • Complete and sign the application.
  • You will need to provide the following documentation:
    • four weeks of current, consecutive pay stubs for all adults in the household
    • proof of child support income
    • proof of child support paid out
    • proof of Maine residency showing your physical address (utility bill, Maine driver’s license, tax bill, etc.)
    • proof of child’s citizenship (copy of birth certificate or qualified alien documentation)
    • proof of parent identity (copy of driver’s license, military ID, etc.)
    • SSI or Social Security grant letter/check stub
    • tax return if self-employed (include all schedules)
    • verification of any other cash benefits or income you receive
  • Submit the application and documentation to your local DHHS OFI office.
  • You will receive a Notice of Decision from OFI regarding your financial eligibility. 
  • If you are determined financial eligible for CCSP, your information will be forwarded to this office for program eligibility determination.
  • You will be contacted by a CCSP Specialist who will ask you about your work schedule, child care needs, and then assist you with our application process.

Current Families Receiving CCSP/Vouchers:

  • You will be contacted by your CCSP Specialist after the conversion.  This person may or may not be the person with whom you previously worked.  If your parent fee or redetermination date has changed, you will be notified within the first three weeks after the conversion.
  • You will no longer receive a contract for you, the provider and the Department to sign.  You will receive an award letter indicating how much your subsidy is, what the end date is, and when your redetermination date is.  Your provider will also get a copy of this.
  • If you have outstanding issues that need to be resolved (proof of child support, self-employment information, proof of disability, etc), your award letter will stipulate the timeframe you have to get that information to the Department. 
  • If you have any changes regarding income or residency, you will need to contact the local OFI office.  If you have any changes regarding your work schedule or child care needs, you will need to contact your CCSP Specialist; this includes, but is not limited to, changes from full time to part time, short-term disability periods, maternity/paternity leave, and loss of employment.
  • The redetermination process will consist of the financial eligibility piece being completed by OFI, and the program piece being completed by CCSP. 
  • You will be sent a letter and application from OFI.  Please complete and sign the application, and send the required documentation to OFI as soon as possible.  The financial documentation required is as follows:
    • four weeks of current, consecutive pay stubs for all adults in the household
    • proof of child support income
    • proof of child support paid out
    • SSI or Social Security grant letter/check stub
    • tax return if self-employed (include all schedules)
    • verification of any other cash benefits or income you receive
  • You will be sent a letter and application from CCSP.  Please complete and sign the application, and send the required documentation to the CCSP office as soon as possible.  The program documentation required is as follows:
    • Complete and signed application
    • Documentation of work hours (either 4 consecutive paystubs or letter from employer)
    • Copy of current federal taxes with all schedules if self-employed
    • Official copy of parent’s school schedule
    • Child Support documentation
    • Divorce decree, specifically regarding custody
    • Medical documentation of child’s special needs
  • You will receive a Notice of Decision from OFI regarding your financial eligibility.  You will receive either an award letter or a notice of termination from CCSP regarding your program eligibility.

 


District Office Locations in Maine


District Office Location

Address

Telephone Numbers

Augusta District Office

35 Anthony Avenue
11 SHS
Augusta, Maine 04333

(207) 624-8090
ASPIRE (207)624-8080 or 1-800-452-1926
FAX: 207-624-8124
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Bangor District Office

396 Griffin Road
Bangor, Maine 04401

(207)561-4100 or 1-800-432-7825
FAX: 207-561-4493
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Biddeford District Office

208 Graham Street
Biddeford, Maine 04005

(207)286-2400 or 1-800-322-1919
FAX: 207-286-2546
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Calais District Office

392 South Street
Calais, Maine 04619

(207)454-9000 or 1-800-622-1400
FAX: 207-454-9012
TDD: Maine rely 711

Caribou District Office

30 Skyway Drive
Unit 100
Caribou, Maine 04736

(207)493-4000 or 1-800-432-7366
FAX: 207-493-4004
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Ellsworth District Office

17 Eastward Lane
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

(207)667-1656 or 1-800-432-7823
FAX: 207-667-5364
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Farmington District Office

114 Corn Shop Lane
Farmington, Maine 04938

(207)778-8400 or 1-800-442-6382
FAX: 207-778-8429
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Fort Kent District Office

137 Market Street
Fort Kent, Maine 04743-1447

(207)834-7700 or 1-800-432-7340
FAX: 207-834-7780
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Houlton District Office

11 High Street
Houlton, Maine 04730

(207)532-5000 or 1-800-432-7338
FAX: 207-532-5027
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Lewiston District Office

200 Main Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240

(207)795-4300
ASPIRE (207)795-4423 or 1-800-482-7517
FAX: 207-795-4551
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Machias District Office

38 Prescott Drive
Machias, Maine 04654

(207)255-2000 or 1-800-432-7846
FAX: 207-255-2022
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Portland District Office

161 Marginal Way
Portland, Maine 04101

(207)822-2000 or 1-800-482-7520
FAX: 207-822-2310
TDD/TTY: 1-888-720-1925

Rockland District Office

91 Camden Street
Suite 103
Rockland, Me 04841

(207)596-4217 or 1-800-432-7802
FAX: 207-596-4331
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Sanford District Office

890 Main Street
Suite 208
Sanford, Maine 04073

(207)490-5400 or 1-800-482-0790
FAX: 207-490-5499
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

Skowhegan District Office

98 North Avenue
Suite 10
Skowhegan, Maine 04976

(207)474-4800 or 1-800-452-4602
FAX: 207-474-4890
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711

South Paris District Office

243 Main Street
Suite #6
South Paris, Maine 04281

(207)744-1200 or 1-888-593-9775
FAX: 207-743-8735
TDD/TTY: Maine rely 711