Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

San Diego Emergency Child Care Services for Essential Workers
and At-Risk Populations Application

En Español

Due to the high volume of inquires at this time, we are not able to provide individual status updates. However, a YMCA or CDA representative will contact you via phone or email within 3 business days of receiving your application. If the amount of applicants exceeds the funding available, applicants will receive an email notifying them they will be placed on a waitlist in the event more funding becomes available.

It could be due to one of these reasons:

  • You selected that you are currently receiving services with CDA, YMCA, or PCG and therefore you are not eligible for emergency child care services. You will need to contact the agency you are enrolled with to change or increase your child care services.
  • You selected that you (or the second parent if a two-parent home) are able to work remotely, therefore you are not eligible for emergency child care services

If you made a mistake in your application, please immediately submit another one using a different device or browser. If you are eligible for services and space is still available, the last application submitted will be the one used to determine your eligibility for child care services.

If you were contacted by CDA, please call us at (619) 427-4411 x1410 or by email at

If you were contacted by YMCA CRS, please call us at (619) 521-3055 x2505 or by email at

Call the YMCA Resource and Referral line at 1-800-481-2151 to receive referrals for licensed child care providers who are open at this time. Please be aware, that not having a child care provider may delay the process or make you ineligible for child care services. Your provider must be located in San Diego County.

Children who are 0-12 years old are eligible to receive Emergency Child Care Services. Children who are 13-21 years of age are only eligible if they are currently on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the parent confirms that child care is needed.