Free or Low Cost Child Care Programs You Can Benefit From
Subsidized Child Care programs help families pay for child care costs for all children age 12 and younger. There is a common requirement for all the subsidized child care programs, which is that a family income must be within the following income eligibility limits:
|Maximum Gross Monthly Income||$5,343||$5,802||6,719||$7,794||$8,869||$9,070||$9,272||$9,473||$9,675||$9,876||$10,078|
Help is available from the following Subsidized Child Care programs:
CalWORKs Stage 2
The CalWORKs Stage 2 Program serves children from ages 0 to the day before a child's 13th birthday. Parents are able to select the child care provider of their choice. Program requirements:
• The head of the household must be a current CalWORKs cash grant recipient or have received the grant within the last 24 months
• The head of the household and any other adult living in the home must be working, seeking employment or enrolled in a vocational training program
• The family must be income eligible (See Income Eligibility Table)
CalWORKs Stage 3
Families enrolled into Stage 3 are transferred to this program after 24 months of being off of the CalWORKs cash grant. There is no enrollment for this program unless you are a direct transfer from another CalWORKs Subsidized Child Care Program in any other county in California. Families terminated from Stage 3 cannot be re-enrolled back into this program.
If you have been off of the CalWORKs cash grant for more than 24 months or have never received the grant, you may be eligible for the following programs.
• Register with the 4C Centralized Eligibility List (CEL)
• Meet the family income eligibility requirements
The California Family Child Care Network is a limited provider choice program serves children from infancy until the day before the child enters Kindergarten. Parents may choose from participating Family Day Care Home providers in designated zip codes. This program focuses on the growth, development, and specific needs of infants, toddlers and preschool age children.
The California Alternative Payment Program
The California Alternative Payment Program serves children 0 to the day before a child's 13th birthday. Parents are able to select the child care provider of their choice. Additional Program requirements are that the head of the household and any other adult living in the home must be working, seeking employment, seeking permanent housing or enrolled in a vocational training program.
Early Head Start (EHS)
The Early Head Start (EHS) program serves children between birth and 3 years of age. Childcare services are provided by licensed family day care providers and are accompanied by regular visits and assessments by a child development specialist to ensure that children are meeting age-appropriate developmental milestones. See here for more information.