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Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Expenses

Examples of eligible expenses which may be reimbursed under a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account are provided below:

Eligible Dependent Care Expenses

  • Daycare centers
  • Preschool tuition and registration fees
  • Before and after school care
  • Day camp (overnight camp is not eligible)
  • Daycare in your home or in your daycare provider's home

Ineligible Dependent Care Expenses

The following expenses are NOT eligible for reimbursement under a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account:

  • Tuition fees for dependents enrolled in kindergarten and above
  • Transportation expenses between your home and the dependent care facility
  • Dependent care expenses from a facility that is not a qualified dependent care center (e.g., a facility that does not meet licensing requirements)
  • Expenses for overnight stays, including overnight camps
  • Expenses incurred during an unpaid leave of absence
  • Expenses incurred prior to enrolling in the Dependent Care Account
  • Child care or baby-sitting services provided by a spouse, by any one of your children who is under age 19 and living with you, or by someone that you claim as an exemption on your federal income tax return
  • Housekeeping expenses that are unrelated to dependent care
  • The cost of a dependent's food or clothing
  • Dependent care costs that you claim as deductions on your federal tax return
  • After school educational, enrichment programs or sports programs




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