Korean government subsidy for childcare

If you are married to a Korean and you have a child who is 만5세 (born January 1, 2006-December 31,2006) OR YOUNGER (even if your child is only a month old), you can get the Korean government subsidy for childcare. It means that you can send your child to the daycare for free. It also means that if you don’t want to send your child and you prefer to take care of him at home, you can still get government subsidy.

i-Sarang card - Korean government subsidy for childcare
i-Sarang card - Korean government subsidy for childcare

All you have to do is go to “dong samuso” or your village office and ask for “i-sarang card”. You will be given four pieces of paper for registration. One of them is for the bank card application.

Ask your Korean spouse to fill it up and return to the village office. Apply for the bank card, if you haven’t done so. The “i-Sarang” card is available at any branch of Hana Bank, Kookmin Bank and Woori Bank. Shinhan Bank has stopped this service until the end of last year. All you have to do is to tell the teller that you want to open an account (if you still don’t have one with any of the banks mentioned) and get the “i-Sarang” card for your child.

Remember that the Korean government subsidy is for multicultural kids who may or may not be attending day care. If you prefer to care for your child at home, you can still get the subsidy. This is regardless of financial capacity of multicultural families (where one parent is a Korean).

By the way, this is only for children of multicultural families who are in Korea. If you are not in Korea, you can’t get this subsidy for your child.

15 comments

  1. Ganda talaga ng governance dito sa korea. Kaya naman pala yung mga koreans na tumakas papuntang Russia dati dahil sa digmaan ay nagsibalikan dito sa korea kahit wala na silang ditong kapamilya. Dito daw kasi kahit matanda na at walang trabaho ay may mag-aasikaso’t may makakain sila kesa sa mag stay sa Russia. Sana balang-araw ay magiging ganito din kaganda ang gobyerno ng Pilipinas.

    1. Hi AnewMe! Alam ko rin maraming Korean-Americans ang bumabalik dito pag may sakit sila kasi mas mura ang health insurance dito kesa sa Amerika.

  2. Me subsidy na panganay ko makktnggap pa kya 2nd baby ko? I’m.going to give birth on june …pwd ko ba xa iapply? Diba from 0 mos old po ito? Sayang din kc pang diaper …dko pnmn I childcare baby ko until 1

  3. ate Betchay, bago po ba ito ulit? kase dati nag inquire si Alex, di daw pwede? pati yung Filipino dito na Korean wife nya, nagtanong ako, di daw din pwede? like for family of 3, dapat below something like this ang salary/combined salary and for family of 5, dapat din below something like that ang salary/combined salary… ;( it would be nice to receive subsidy to use for Sooae’s cultural study sana.. kkk…

    1. Hi Jehan! Since last year pa yan. Noong una kami nag-apply three years ago, hindi kami nakakuha. Pero last year nang nag-apply kami uli, basic info lang ni-submit namin. So nag-start last year yung para sa multicultural families regardless of financial capability.

      Check mo http://www.chilcare.go.kr at pwede naman mag-apply online.

      Nakakuha din kami ng para sa visiting tutor ni Seonggyu last year. Libre yun pero kung may dagdag na subject eh bayad kami ng 8,000 won.

      1. Hi ate betchay. Ano yung tawag dun sa tutoring program? Narinig ko dn kc yun sa korean friend ko.. Yung son nman nya may reading tutor who visits their home every week, Program daw ng government, i have a 2 year old kc who loves books.

  4. Good day, My aunt is suffering stress due to worries. She is a widow with 2 kids. nas apinas sila ngayon. Sabi nya sakin papatayin daw po sila pag bumalik na sila ng korea kasi pina.time deposit nya po yong monthly subsidy ng govt. for her kids. Is it unlawful to deposit such money to the bank? Sabi po kasi ng tao kung san nya narinig n papatayin daw sila na di daw po sila nghihirap kasi nkabangko pa pera nila.

  5. hi pon,ask kolng po pno po pag mgpapalit ng ureniship?at nwiwidraw po b sya?i meAN PEDE NTING MAUSE S ibng expenses?

    1. Hi Angel! Nope, hindi pwedeng ma-withdraw kasi sa day care center mismo binabayaran yung money. Pero kung sa bahay inaalagaan ang bata, pwede makuha yung 100,000 won.

  6. gud am po…di papo kc ko gno mrunong mgkorean,basic plng po alam ko.ask ko lng po pg gsto ko po ilipat ang ank ko ng ibng ureniship, pno po b dpt gwin?

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