What Is Child Care Scholarship?

The NH Child Care Scholarship Program helps eligible New Hampshire families pay for child care by providing direct payments to qualified early childhood and out-of-school time providers for children under 12 years old (or up to 17 years old if they have a disability). 

Is My Family Eligible?

The NH Child Care Scholarship Program helps eligible New Hampshire families pay for child care by providing direct payments to qualified early childhood and out-of-school time providers for children under 12 years old (or up to 17 years old if they have a disability). 

How Do I Apply?

There are many ways you can apply for the NH Child Care Scholarship Program: online, in-person, over-the-phone, or even a combination of all three. Whatever you choose, trained staff are available for you and your family. 

To apply online, visit nheasy.nh.gov and begin your application today. NHEasy is the one-stop-shop for all DHHS services, including but not limited to SNAP, medical assistance, child care and more.

To apply over-the-phone, call 1-844-ASK-DHHS (1-844-275-3447)

You can also apply in-person with a paper application at DHHS District Offices. For a list of District Office locations, click HERE.

Helpful Documents:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Form 2532: Child Care Scholarship Income Eligibility Levels
    • Eligibility Calculation
  • Form 2533: Child Care Weekly Rates
  • Where can I go for help?
  • Sample Application

Are There Other Forms of Child Care Assistance?

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Families with earned income who claim dependent children under age 17 on their federal tax return may qualify for a refund or credit. Most families eligible for CTC can also file for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you cannot take the full CTC, you may be eligible for the additional child tax credit if your earned income is more than $3,000. Taxpayers with three or more children may also be eligible for additional child tax credit regardless of their income.

Military Assistance

Families with a family member serving in the military, may be eligible for financial assistance with child care.