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We understand that participants may need more than just training and job counseling to successfully participate in Welfare-to-Work. We can help arrange and pay for childcare.

The CalWORKs Child Care program has three stages:

Stage One: This stage provides child care for families receiving cash aid, and who need child care to participate in a Welfare-To-Work activity (which includes employment). This stage will cover childcare needs for up to six months or until the client is in a stable employment position.

Stage Two: This stage will begin once a job has stabilized, or when the case is being discontinued from cash assistance, and the family still has a need for child care assistance in order to be self-reliant. The family can remain in Stage Two for up to two years after cash aid ends. Stage Two childcare requires a referral to a local Alternative Payment Provider (APP).

Stage Three: This stage will be administered by other subsidized child care programs, including APP's, state preschool programs, childcare centers funded by the State, etc. Placement will depend on availability of funding. Once placed in a Stage Three child care slot, the family may continue receiving benefits until they are no longer eligible for subsidized child care (when the family's income is greater than the 75% of the State median income or the children are over age 12).

To view the Department's policies on Stage 1 Child Care payments, click here

For more information on child care, please call (559) 453-6242.