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Funded Child Care & Development Options

The programs listed below may have income eligibility requirements.

There are a number of different State and Federally funded programs that help families pay for child care. Child development services for children from birth through 12 years of age, and older children with exceptional needs, are available. These programs offer an educational component that is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for the children served. Meals and snacks are provided to children, along with parent education, referrals to health and social services for families, and staff development opportunities to employees. These programs are intended to increase parental choice and accommodate the individual needs of the family.

California State Preschool Programs (CSPP)

CSPP programs are part time and full time hours for children who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1st. Families access this program by meeting specific income guidelines and other requirements and may be assessed a fee. Those with the greatest need will be served first. Families may remain in the state programs as long as they continue to meet the need and eligibility criteria of the program and follow the program rules and regulations. State preschool provides activities for children. Full time classes meet at least 6 hours per day; part time classes meet 3 hours per day. All classes meet Monday through Friday and follow the school year calendar. The focus is on literacy, number skills, social development, health and safety. Parents are encouraged to participate in the classrooms as volunteers and are eligible to serve on the program-wide Parent Advisory Committee. CSPP provides children with a daily snack and helps families access community resources. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

Alternative Payment Programs (APPs)

APPs helps pay for child care services for parents who are employed, participating in a vocational goal or job training, or engaged in other approved activities. As CAPP funding becomes available, the most eligible families receive services first through our internal ranking system. Families may remain in the CAPP program as long as they continue to meet the need and eligibility criteria of the program and follow the program rules and regulations. Parents are eligible for the program if they:

  • Meet state income guidelines,
  • Have children up through age 12, (13-21 years old if child is special needs)
  • Use child care in our service area, and
  • Need child care because they are employed, seeking employment, in a vocational training, seeking permanent housing, and/or incapacitated.

Click here for eligibility and enrollment guidelines. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Stage 1

Stage 1 is administered by the California Department of Social Services through county welfare department (CWDs). Stage 1 begins when a participant enters the CalWORKs grant welfare-to-work plan developed by the CWD for each family. The CWDs refer families to resource and referral agencies to assists them in finding child care providers. Some CWDs pay those providers directly for the services performed. Many CWDs have a sub-contract with APPs to pay for the child development services. Parents are eligible for the program if they:

  • Meet state income guidelines,
  • Have children up through age 12, (13-21 years old if child is special needs)
  • Use child care in our service area, and
  • Need child care because they are employed, seeking employment, in a vocational training, seeking permanent housing, and/or incapacitated.

Chatsworth (818) 717-1000 x 4470 | Parent Referral Form

Palmdale (661) 789-1200 x 4479 | Parent Referral Form

San Bernardino - Contact the San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department Click Here

Victorville - Contact the San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department Click Here

Click here for Los Angeles county eligibility and enrollment guidelines. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral. Click here for San Bernardino County eligibility, enrollment and referrals.

CalWORKS Stage 2 Child Care (C2AP)

Families have access to this program if they have previously received public cash assistance (welfare) or a diversion payment through the Department of Public Social Services. Families may be eligible for this program for up to 24 months after discontinuing cash assistance as long as they continue to meet the need and eligibility criteria of the program and follow the program rules and regulations. Must also meet the following:

  • Meet state income guidelines,
  • Have children up through age 12, (13-21 years old if child is special needs)
  • Use child care in our service area, and
  • Need child care because they are employed, seeking employment, in a vocational training, seeking permanent housing, and/or incapacitated.

Chatsworth (818) 717-1000 x 4478 | Parent Referral Form

Palmdale (661) 789-1200 x 4480 | Parent Referral Form

San Bernardino (909) 890-0018 x 2092 | Parent Referral Form

Victorville (760) 245-0770 x 3995 | Parent Referral Form

Click here for eligibility and enrollment guidelines. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

CalWORKS Stage 3 Child Care (C3AP)

This program is available to families who continue to need child care services after their 24 months of eligibility expires in C2AP. Families may access this program only if they transfer directly from a C2AP program with no break in services. Families may remain on the C3AP program as long as they continue to meet the need and eligibility criteria of the program and follow the program rules and regulations. Parents must also meet the following:

  • Meet state income guidelines,
  • Have children up through age 12, (13-21 years old if child is special needs)
  • Use child care in our service area, and
  • Need child care because they are employed, seeking employment, in a vocational training, seeking permanent housing, and/or incapacitated.

Click here for Los Angeles county eligibility and enrollment guidelines. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN)

FCCHEN combines high-quality standards of learning and care in the intimacy of a home environment. Providers within the network ensure that children receive age appropriate instructional activities and ongoing assessments that are shared with parents during parent conferences. Subsidized funding for income eligible families is provided by the California Department of Education (CDE) and may serve children 0-12 years old including children over the age of 12 with disabilities. Contact our Resource and Referral department to find an FCCHEN in your area. Click here for Los Angeles county eligibility and enrollment guidelines. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

The Partnership

The Partnership is a leading national model being rolled out based on the proven success of the Early Head Start program. The Partnership offers full day, full year child care to ensure children receive healthy early experiences and developmentally appropriate activities to help them realize their full potential. The Partnership also provides comprehensive support to families to make sure their child’s health and wellness and family goals are met. It serves children ages 0-3 in a child care setting or 0-4 in a family child care home.

“We are pleased to be able to increase support to families and their children in high quality settings throughout our service area,” said CCRC President & CEO, Dr. Michael Olenick. “We see this as a bright beginning to improving the quality of care for infant and toddlers who have been overlooked for so long.”

Family benefits:

  • Full day, full year high quality child care
  • Gap funding for parents who lose their subsidy and help with re-enrollment process
  • Ongoing comprehensive services include:
    • Nutrition
    • Dental care
    • Mental health
    • Health care
    • Disabilities
    • Other family needs
  • Ongoing assessment and support of social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth and development
  • FREE diapers, wipes and formula while in child care

Child care provider benefits:

  • Access to comprehensive support for children and families
  • Assistance with materials and equipment for family child care home or center
  • Coaching and mentoring from a child development specialist
  • Access to a monthly quality supplement for each enrolled child
  • Opportunities to obtain a Child Development Associate Credential or other approved degree/certification

CCRC provides services to 160 children in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys, and the Metro Los Angeles area.

Head Start

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program for low-income children that provides professional services in education & early childhood development, medical, dental & mental health, nutrition and parent involvement. Head Start is for children aged 3 to 4 from low income families, including special needs children, who live within each agency’s area. In order to qualify:

  • A family must meet federal income guidelines which are established by reference to the official poverty line and adjusted annually in accordance with changes in the Consumer Price Index. These guidelines may be waived for families with special circumstances who might benefit from placement in Head Start.
  • A child must not be eligible for kindergarten at the time of enrollment.
  • A child who will be four on or before September 1st will receive priority.
  • A child with a disability will receive priority points.
  • Regardless of any changes in family income, once a child is determined eligible and enrolled in the program, he or she will remain eligible for the program throughout the current year and for a second year, as long as he or she still meets the age requirements.

Click here to find your local Head Start preschool.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start provides program hours to children ages 0 to 3 years. Provides education, health, nutrition, mental health and developmentally appropriate activities for infants and toddlers, including children with special needs. Families must meet eligibility guidelines established by Head Start. Click here to find your local Early Head Start program.

Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP)

Families access this program by meeting the following eligibility requirements:

  • Child(ren) must be four years of age on or before September 1st of the current year;
  • Four-year old children are eligible to attend LAUP preschool for one year only;
  • Proof of age eligibility is based on original birth certificate, passport, and official documents from another country;
  • Children who participate in program must be Los Angeles County residents. Proof of residence is required (i.e. current utility bill).

LAUP Classes meet for three and one half hours a day, Monday through Friday, and follow the school year calendar. LAUP will meet each child’s individual needs and help them to grow cognitively, socially, emotionally and physically by building on individual cultural and linguistic strengths. LAUP includes children with disabilities and other special needs. LAUP will emphasize parent engagement through a menu of various choices, such as advisory groups, parent surveys, classroom volunteering and participation in special events. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

Combination Child Care

Child care arrangements may involve any two of the options listed above, including care provided by a relative, in addition to another child care agreement with either a licensed family child care home or child care center. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

Private Preschool Centers

These centers are privately owned businesses that are licensed by Community Care Licensing (CCL) to operate in a commercial building. Parents generally pay 100% of the tuition fee unless they are enrolled in a child care subsidy program. Private preschool centers may have a sliding scale for low income parents but parents need to contact centers directly for more information. As private institutions they may have a religious or culturally specific curriculum. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

Family Child Care Preschool Programs

Family child care providers operate in private homes and are licensed by Community Care Licensing. Parents are responsible for 100% of the tuition fee unless they are enrolled in a child care subsidy program. Most family child care providers do not have a sliding scale. As a private program they may have a religious or culturally specific curriculum. Click here to request a free, personalized child care referral.

As a parent you have the right to get information about any substantiated or inconclusive complaints about a child care provider that you select. This information is public and you can get it by contacting your local Community Care Licensing office at (310) 337-4333, (323) 981-3350, or (951) 782-4200. Visit their website for more information www.ccld.ca.gov. If you do not live in CCRC’s service area, please click here to locate your local Resource & Referral agency.

Child Care Resource Center

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

20001 Prairie Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

818.717.1000

Monday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

ANTELOPE VALLEY

250 Grand Cypress Avenue
Palmdale, CA 93551

661.789.1200

Monday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

SAN BERNARDINO

1111 East Mill Street, Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408

909.384.8000

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

VICTORVILLE

15456 West Sage St
Victorville, CA 92392

760.245.0770

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm