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Quality child care is important. Quality child care means that there are fewer children for each teacher, and the environment is safe and stimulating. There is lots of space with fun and developmentally appropriate things to do. Well-trained, well-paid teachers; nutritious meals; safe, educational toys; equipment and good space make child care expensive.

Most of the responsibility for paying for child care falls on the parents. Many parents cannot afford the cost of quality child care...

Here Are Some Ideas On Ways To Help Pay For Child Care

Child Care Subsidy Program
Information about assistance that is provided by the Division of Child Development & Early Education and the Department of Social Services or the NC Community College System. Southwestern Child Development Commission assists families with the cost of child care by administering subsidies available through the Department of Social Services and Smart Start.

Tax Credits:
Information about the Child and Dependant Care Tax Credit.

Head Start and Early Head Start:
Information about Head Start Programs near you. 

NC PreK Program in Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties:
Information about the state funded program for four year olds.

Children with Special Needs:

Information about special education services for children ages 0-5 with special needs.

Childcare Billing Process

Childcare fees are charged based on the current fee schedule approved by Southwestern’s Board of Directors. Fees are assessed by enrollment, not by attendance days. Fees are due on the first working day of the month for the upcoming month of childcare. For example, the fee for August childcare will be due on the first business day in August.

Subsidized Child Care may be available to assist with the cost of childcare for families who meet eligibility requirements. All parents who feel they may qualify for subsidized child care, or are having difficulty paying for their child care fees, should contact their local subsidized child care Child Care Subsidy Specialist. Parents must furnish proof of their family income and the Child Care Subsidy Specialist will determine if the family is eligible for subsidized childcare.

Childcare fees for children attending a Southwestern Child Development center are collected by the Fiscal unit of the agency. Childcare bills are mailed to each family on the 15th day of each month. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday then bills will be mailed on the next working day. All fees are due on the first working day of the month, and must be received in the Fiscal office OR postmarked by this date. Fees paid after the first working day will incur a $25 late fee if the balance due is $50 or more. If fees are not paid by the 3rd working day of the month, a second notice will be sent to families who have a balance due of at least $50. If the fee remains unpaid, further action may be taken at the discretion of the coordinator.

All fees must be mailed to Southwestern Child Development Commission’s Fiscal Office at 142 E. Sylva Shopping Center, Sylva, NC 28779. Payment can also be made in person at the above location only. If you have questions about fees call 1-800-662-4158 or 828-586-5561 and ask for the fiscal office.

Current Childcare Rates for Southwestern Centers:
Current Fees for Child Care in a Southwestern Center can be obtained by calling. Contact Info

Childcare Fee Policies

An annual registration fee of $25.00 will be assessed for each child enrolling in a center. This is generally charged in September. For children entering care during a school year, the registration fee will be charged upon initial enrollment, and then in September for the years following.

A $25.00 re-enrollment fee will be assessed for all children who leave care and then re-enroll in care. This fee may also be charged if children transfer to another Southwestern center at the parent’s request.

Parent fees are not routinely adjusted for inclement weather closings or for emergency closings beyond our control such as closings due to lack of heat, water or electricity.

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