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Financial Assistance


Busy Bees Natural Learning Center accepts subsidy payments from employers as well as state funded programs such as CCW.



What is CCW



About the Program



Child Care Works program of Centre & Clinton Counties (CCW) provides financial assistance to qualified families, caretakers, guardians or foster parents for childcare for their children from birth through 13 years of age. This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (PA DHS), Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). There is a CCW with in every county in PA. If you need a different CCW, find your office here:



WHO may apply and how to apply: 


To find out if you are eligible for subsidized child day care contact CCIS of Centre & Clinton Counties by phone (814) 231-1352, 1-888-440-2257 or stop by their office located at 2565 Park Center Blvd., Suite 100, State College, PA, 16801. You may apply up to 30 days before needing care. The first step in the process is completing an application. 



Each Family must meet the following criteria:


  1. All children needing care must be US citizens or legally admitted aliens and must be residents of Centre or Clinton County

  2. All parent/caretakers must work an average of at least 20 hours a week; or work an average of at least 10 hours a week and attend a nationally accredited training program for an average of at least 10 hours a week. Training programs include: Adult basic education, English as a second language, 2 or 4 year undergraduate degrees.

  3. Graduate, PH.D, or Post Doctorate Students must work a minimum of 20 hours a week. NOTE: this type of training does not qualify to be used towards the work requirement and CCIS subsidy cannot pay for child care during that training time.

  4. Work hours must coincide with the hours needed for day care. Exceptions are made for those who work the night shift to allow for sleep time.

  5. The family must meet the PA Department of Human Services (DHS), OCDEL income guidelines.

  6. Self-employed individuals must meet minimum wage requirements and file taxes. 


Additional guidelines may apply on a case by case basis. Contact CCW directly for specific information and details. 


Applications for subsidized child day care can be picked up at the CCW office at 2565 Park Center Blvd., Suite 100, State College, mailed or completed online at


After your application is processed and funds become available, an adult family member must meet with an eligibility agent prior to subsidy beginning. 


There is often a waiting list for financial assistance. Once funding is available, all families are assessed a weekly family co-payment according to their family size and gross annual income. Your co-payment covers all children in the family who receive childcare services through the subsidy program. The amount of your weekly co-payment is established at the time of your initial eligibility determination. This fee can change based on your current work/training circumstances. The copayment is not based on how much care costs or how much care you need. 


Once funding is available and the parent/caretaker receives a Funds Available notice, the parent/caretaker is expected to complete a Face-to Face appointment with a CCW caseworker prior to completion of the enrollment process for CCW. This must occur within 30 days of the date the Funds Available notice is issued. CCW funding will not be provided unless this Face to Face appointment is successfully completed.


Your co-payment is paid directly to Busy Bees Natural Learning Center on your scheduled due date. 

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