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 Need Help Paying For Child Care?



Child Care Information Services (CCIS) is your information source for FINDing, SELECTing, and PAYing for child care. There are five CCIS offices in Philadelphia, and at least one CCIS in every county in Pennsylvania. To speak to someone about how CCIS can help you and your family, contact the office in your area or call their hotline at 1-888-461-KIDS (5437).


Click this link to see listing of CCIS in your area:


What is subsidized child care?

The State and Federal governments have made funding available to assist qualifying parents in meeting their child care expenses. In Philadelphia, subsidized child care is available for working families through Child Care Information Services.


Do I qualify for subsidized child care?

Single parents, married couples, and un-married parents living together can all be eligible for subsidized child care. In order to qualify, all parents living in the household must: Read More:


Apply for Child Care Financial Assistance Online

To apply for financial assistance for child care, please visit the state’s online COMPASS system at


Need Help Potty training Your Child?

Signs That Your Child is Ready Include The Following:


  • Your child signals that his or her diaper is wet or soiled.

  • Your child seems interested in the potty chair or toilet.

  • Your child says that he or she would like to go to the potty.

  • Your child understands and follows basic instructions.

  • Your child feels uncomfortable if his or her diaper is wet or soiled.

  • Your child stays dry for periods of 2 hours or longer during the day.

  • Your child wakes up from naps with a dry diaper.

  • Your child can pull his or her pants down and then up again.


You may start noticing these signs when your child is 18 to 24 months of age. However, it is not uncommon for a child to still be in diapers at 2 and a half to 3 years of age.


How Should I Prepare My Child For Toilet Training?

 Let your child practice flushing the toilet.

Before toilet training your child, place a potty chair in your child's normal living and play area so that your child will become familiar with the potty. Consider placing a potty chair on each floor of the house if you live in a multilevel home. Allow your child to observe, touch and become familiar with the potty chair.

Tell your child that the potty chair is his or her own chair. Allow your child to sit fully clothed on the potty chair, as if it were a regular chair. Allow your child to leave the potty chair at any time. Do not force your child to spend time sitting on the chair.

After your child has become used to the potty chair and sits on it regularly with his or her clothes on, try having your child sit on the potty without wearing pants and a diaper. Let your child become comfortable with sitting on the potty without wearing pants and a diaper.

The next step is to show your child how the potty chair is used. Place stool from a dirty diaper into the potty chair. Let your child flush the toilet and watch the bowel movement disappear down the toilet.


How Do I Teach My Child To Use The Toilet?

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