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Alabama Child Care 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/   School Infant/   School Infant/   School
Toddler Preschool Age Toddler Preschool Age Toddler Preschool Age
(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)
                 
Autauga  95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Baldwin 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Barbour 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Bibb 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Blount 111 102 94 94 90 86 89 83 84
Bullock 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Butler 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Calhoun 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Chambers 91 87 80 68 67 65 81 80 80
Cherokee 74 70 68 67 65 64 63 60 60
Chilton 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Choctaw 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Clarke 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Clay 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Cleburne 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Coffee 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Colbert 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Conecuh 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Coosa 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Covington 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Crenshaw 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Cullman 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Dale 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Dallas 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Dekalb 74 70 68 67 65 64 63 60 60
Elmore 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Escambia 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Etowah 74 70 68 67 65 64 63 60 60
Fayette 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Franklin 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Geneva 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Greene 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Hale 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Henry 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Houston 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
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/   School Infant/   School Infant/   School
Toddler Preschool Age Toddler Preschool Age Toddler Preschool Age
(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)
                 
Jackson 74 70 68 67 65 64 63 60 60
Jefferson 111 102 94 94 90 86 89 83 84
Lamar 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Lauderdale 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Lawrence 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Lee 91 87 80 68 67 65 81 80 80
Limestone 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Lowndes 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Macon 91 87 80 68 67 65 81 80 80
Madison 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Marengo 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Marion 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Marshall 74 70 68 67 65 64 63 60 60
Mobile 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Monroe 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Montgomery 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Morgan 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79
Perry 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Pickens 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Pike 75 73 69 64 64 65 66 64 63
Randolph 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Russell 91 87 80 68 67 65 81 80 80
St. Clair 111 102 94 94 90 86 89 83 84
Shelby 111 102 94 94 90 86 89 83 84
Sumter 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Talladega 73 70 70 81 66 66 64 62 60
Tallapoosa 91 87 80 68 67 65 81 80 80
Tuscaloosa 86 82 79 64 63 63 69 67 67
Walker 111 102 94 94 90 86 89 83 84
Washington 101 91 85 82 78 74 88 84 84
Wilcox 95 83 79 77 74 66 81 79 78
Winston 101 92 87 93 86 75 91 86 79


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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