Delaware’s Purchase of Care (POC) program is a subsidy that supports early childhood and after-school education and care for more than 15,000 children from birth through age 12 who live within 200% of the Federal Poverty Limits. The ELC encourages the enrollment of children who receive POC and any other child with potential risk factors.

For families receiving POC Funds and are enrolled at the ELC:

  • Rate = State assigned co-pay
  • Co-pay is due weekly in advance of services
  • Registration fee is waived


DSS determines eligibility based on the need for service and income. The income limit is currently set at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

For more information or to apply for POC, please contact the Division of Social Services office.