Alabama Child Care Rates

Note: The rates shown here are no longer applicable. I’ve left this page here for historical purposes only.

Click here for the current rates.

When you’re figuring child support in Alabama and either of you is paying for child care, there are limits on the amount you can use for purposes of the child support calculations. Here are the limits for Alabama.

There’s an explanation of the terminology below.

Child Care Center(Licensed to serve
more than 12 children)
Group Family Day Care(Licensed to serve
7-12 children)
Family Day Care(Licensed to serve
1-6 children)
Infant/SchoolInfant/SchoolInfant/School
ToddlerPreschoolAgeToddlerPreschoolAgeToddlerPreschoolAge
(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -
Months)Months)12 years)Months)Months)12 years)Months)Months)12 years)
Autauga958379777466817978
Baldwin1019185827874888484
Barbour757369646465666463
Bibb868279646363696767
Blount11110294949086898384
Bullock958379777466817978
Butler958379777466817978
Calhoun737070816666646260
Chambers918780686765818080
Cherokee747068676564636060
Chilton958379777466817978
Choctaw868279646363696767
Clarke1019185827874888484
Clay737070816666646260
Cleburne737070816666646260
Coffee757369646465666463
Colbert1019287938675918679
Conecuh1019185827874888484
Coosa737070816666646260
Covington958379777466817978
Crenshaw757369646465666463
Cullman1019287938675918679
Dale757369646465666463
Dallas958379777466817978
Dekalb747068676564636060
Elmore958379777466817978
Escambia1019185827874888484
Etowah747068676564636060
Fayette868279646363696767
Franklin1019287938675918679
Geneva757369646465666463
Greene868279646363696767
Hale868279646363696767
Henry757369646465666463
Houston757369646465666463
Child Care Center(Licensed to serve
more than 12 children)
Group Family Day Care(Licensed to serve
7-12 children)
Family Day Care(Licensed to serve
1-6 children)
Infant/SchoolInfant/SchoolInfant/School
ToddlerPreschoolAgeToddlerPreschoolAgeToddlerPreschoolAge
(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -(0-30(30-60(60 Mo -
Months)Months)12 years)Months)Months)12 years)Months)Months)12 years)
Jackson747068676564636060
Jefferson11110294949086898384
Lamar868279646363696767
Lauderdale1019287938675918679
Lawrence1019287938675918679
Lee918780686765818080
Limestone1019287938675918679
Lowndes958379777466817978
Macon918780686765818080
Madison1019287938675918679
Marengo868279646363696767
Marion868279646363696767
Marshall747068676564636060
Mobile1019185827874888484
Monroe1019185827874888484
Montgomery958379777466817978
Morgan1019287938675918679
Perry868279646363696767
Pickens868279646363696767
Pike757369646465666463
Randolph737070816666646260
Russell918780686765818080
St. Clair11110294949086898384
Shelby11110294949086898384
Sumter868279646363696767
Talladega737070816666646260
Tallapoosa918780686765818080
Tuscaloosa868279646363696767
Walker11110294949086898384
Washington1019185827874888484
Wilcox958379777466817978
Winston1019287938675918679

The source for these tables is the Alabama Department of Human Resources, and the figures are updated from time to time but not on a consistent schedule.

Here is the explanation Callie Dietz, the Administrative Director of Courts, provided to court personnel when she supplied these rates to them in the fall of 2009:

On August 7, 2009, our office received notice of the revised Child Day Care Rates that will be implemented by the Department of Human Resources effective October 1, 2009.  In accordance with the Alabama Child Support Guidelines, Rule 32, ARJA, I am attaching above a copy of the Department of Human Resources’ rate chart to you.  Rule 32(B)(8) further provides that the clerk shall maintain the current schedule in his/her office, shall make it available for review, and shall provide copies of it on request at the customary cost for copies of documents.  Below is the same schedule prepared by our office showing the Child Day Care Rates by county.

The new rate chart provides maximum weekly rates per child for day care in all Alabama counties.  Rates are given for three school ages: Infant/Toddler (birth to 30 months of age); Pre-School (30 months to 5 years of age); and School Age (5 to 12 years of age, or through age 18 if the child has a physical or mental disability documented by a licensed physician, psychologist or psychiatrist).  Rates are also given according to four licensing categories: child care center (licensed to serve more than 12 children); child family day care (licensed for 7 to 12 children); and family day care (licensed for 1 to 6 children).  The maximum rate for in-home day care, where services are provided in the child’s own home, in all counties is $35.00.  The maximum part-time rate is one-half the full time rate for the appropriate type of care and the age of the child.

If you have any questions concerning this chart, you may wish to call the Child Care Subsidy Program at the Department of Human Resources at (334) 242-1427.

This is the explanation of terms that appears below the table. I assume but do not know that this is from DHR.

Full-time Rates – The above rates reflect the maximum full-time rates for child care services averaging more than 25 hours per week.  The  maximum full-time rate applicable to informal care providers shall not exceed $35 per week.

Part-time Rates – The maximum rate for child care services averaging 25 hours per week or less shall not exceed one-half of the applicable full-time rate.

Key to Provider Type

Child Care Center – a child care facility licensed by the Department or otherwise legally authorized, which receives more than 12 children during the day or night, as applicable.

 

GFDC – Group Family Day Care, an individual licensed by the County Department to provide care in a private residence, other than the eligible child’s residence, for at least seven (7), but not more than twelve (12), children during the day or night, as applicable.

FDC – Family Day Care, an individual licensed by the County Department to provide care as the sole caregiver in a private residence, other than the eligible child’s residence, for no more than six (6) children during the day or night, as applicable.

Key to Care Level

Infant/Toddler – Birth to age 30 months

Pre-School – 30 months to 5 years

School Age – 5 years through age 12 (or through age 18 if the child has a physical or mental disability documented by a licensed physician, psychologist or psychiatrist).

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