Child Care Subsidy Grant Program: Changes for 2017

Swarthmore College seeks to provide benefits and programs that best support the changing needs of our campus community and routinely reevaluates those benefits and programs.

The College pilot Child Care Subsidy Grant (CCSG) program for 2017 was carefully developed in consultation with the Faculty Staff Benefits Committee; multiple factors were considered during the program’s development, including a review of the costs of local child care and child care options offered by other colleges, including peer institutions.

The pilot CCSG program will allow eligible families to receive a taxable award of up to $3,000 towards child care expenses in 2017. This pilot program is intended to help some of our employees manage the high cost of child care. The pilot program is in its second year due to available funding.  A program review will be conducted annually as we assess our benefits and programs each year.

Employees may apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a College employee in a benefits eligible position for a minimum of one year;
  • You have a child or children under the age of six as of January 1, 2017;
  • Your adjusted household gross income is $130,000 per year or less;

** Families with children over the age of six (6) who are not physically or mentally able to care for themselves (regardless of age).

Additional requirements apply; please see the enrollment form below for more information. Employees who are deemed eligible will receive the grant in one lump sum, which they are required to use towards any child care provider in 2017.

Please review the program guidelines and the application.  Join us for informational sessions on February 24, 2017 in Bond Hall.

If you have any questions please contact Theresa Maguire at or ext. 5793.  

Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program Application

Child Care Subsidy Pilot Program Guidelines