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Paying for Child Care

Do I qualify for child care financial assistance?

Working families often struggle to make ends meet and, for many families, child care is out of reach because of the cost. The Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) offers several financial assistance or subsidy programs to qualifying families on a non-discriminatory basis.

How do I know if I qualify for child care assistance?

How does my child care provider get paid?

In order for CCRC to pay your child care provider, CCRC must authorize the services as outlined below.

Child Care Provider Authorization

You must submit a complete provider packet. Once you have been approved as a provider, CCRC sends you a green Approval Provider Notification with your current authorization.

CCRC will not pay for child care services before the start date, after the end date, or for hours not listed in the green Approval Provider Notification unless you receive a new notice extending authorization.

If you have received a termination date or a notice of actions, CCRC will not pay you for services after the termination date unless CCRC sends you a new Approval Provider Notification extending the authorization.

Authorization for a Child with Special Needs

If you have a child with special needs, your child care provider may qualify for a special rate. Speak with your Case Specialist to learn more about how your provider may apply for this rate. You may also request care for an over age child with special needs. Speak with your Case Specialist about the procedure to follow and forms to complete.

Attendance Sheet Procedure

In order for CCRC to pay your child care provider, you and the provider must complete a CDE Attendance Sheet every month to verify your child’s attendance. CCRC sends the yellow attendance sheet to the provider every month and payments are according to the information on the attendance sheet. CCRC expects you and your provider to submit accurate information. Click here for more information regarding CDE Payment Timelines & Document Guidelines.

Attendance Expectations & Procedures

Children are expected to attend child care regularly according to the approved schedule. When your child is absent, you must note the specific reason on the back of the attendance sheet and sign your name. An absence without a note on the back of the attendance sheet will be considered unexcused and may not be paid. Excessive absences may result in termination of your services.

Excused absences include: illness of the parent or child, medical and dental appointments, court ordered time spent with parent or other relative and family emergencies.

CDE Child Care Termination

If you do not follow CCRC / CDE regulations, CCRC may terminate your child care services. If CCRC terminates you or you disagree with CCRC’s action as stated in the Notice of Action (NOA), you have the right to appeal the intended action. To protect your appeal rights, you must follow the appeal procedure. If you disagree with an action as stated on the NOA, you may appeal the intended action within fourteen (14) calendar days of the date of the NOA and request a local appeal hearing.

For more information regarding CDE child care financial assistance programs, please review CCRC’s Parent Handbook or call us at (818) 717-1000.