The State of Tennessee Child Care Certificate Program is a state program that assists eligible families with child care costs based on income guideline criteria. For more information on the State of Tennessee Child Care Certificate Program, please visit the DHS website.
Is my family eligible? Apply for/Transfer a Voucher
Families First participants are eligible to receive child care to assist in completing their approved activity on their Personal Responsibility Plan. Families must be determined eligible by DHS before they can participate.
Smart Steps Child Care Payment Assistance is available to income eligible families who are working or enrolled in post-secondary education programs.
Transitional Child Care is available for qualifying families for 18 months following the closure of Families First cash assistance. Thirty hours of paid work per week, including self-employment and/or education and training hours must be met.
The At-Risk Child Care program serves guardians in Families First child-only cases that are working and/or in school. Child-only guardians are typically grandparents, aunts, or uncles that have care and control of a relative child. Thirty hours of paid work including self-employment and/or education and training hours must be met.
The Teen Parent Child Care Program serves teen parents who are enrolled in and attending high school and who meet income guidelines. Assistance may be available for eligible teens living at home with their parent(s) or those who are emancipated and living independently from their parent(s).
How can I apply for or transfer a DHS child care voucher?
Begin by going to the Tennessee Department of Human Services website by clicking on the button below and either log into your existing ONE DHS account, or register to create one.
ONE DHS Portal
District 8 Family Assistance Office
Tennessee Department of Human Services
6941 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38115
You will need the following information when applying:
Porter-Leath Tax ID: 58-1409385
Porter-Leath Mailing Address: 3400 Prescott Road, Memphis, TN 38118
Porter-Leath Preschool Site Address: Click here for a full list
Once you have your child's DHS Voucher, please bring it with you to your child's Preschool site and give to the Site Manager.