Temporary Emergency Child Care 2021

Now Enrolling!

Emergency subsidized child care services for children 0-12 years of age are now available for essential workers and at-risk children and families. Services are temporary and can only be provided until June 30th, 2022.

Who Is Eligible?

1) At-Risk Populations, including:
  • Children identified as receiving Child Protective Service OR at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • Children receiving services through the Emergency Foster Bridge Program.
  • Families experiencing homelessness per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
  • Parent and/or child is a domestic violence survivor. Parent must also meet the income eligibility guidelines. Refer to income eligibility table below.*
2) Essential Workers as defined on Executive Order N-33-20 Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers and:
  • The family’s total gross income may not exceed 85% of State Median Income (SMI), Refer to income eligibility table below.*
  • Parents are not able to work remotely (remote workers are not eligible),
3) Families with children with disabilities or special health care needs and:
  • The child must have an IEP or IFSP that includes early learning and care services.
  • Family must also meet the income eligibility guidelines. Refer to income eligibility table below.*


*Income Eligibility Table

Family Size1-23456789101112
Gross Monthly Income$5,540$6,157


How Does Temporary Emergency Child Care Services Work?

  • Families must meet the eligibility guidelines directed by the California Department of Education.
  • Eligible families will receive an assigned subsidy amount based on the age of their child, amount of child care needed, and type of child care.
  • The subsidy amount for each child is capped based on the California Department of Education guidelines and all child care payments will be made directly to the child care provider.
  • Parents have the choice to select the type of child care setting they would like for their child. This includes child care services at a: licensed child care center, licensed family child care home, or a license-exempt caregiver, such as a friend or relative.

How Do I Apply?

If you are in need of emergency child care services please click on the button below to complete a screening questionnaire.

Child care slots will be allocated weekly in priority order as directed by the California Department of Education. A limited amount of funding is available and therefore it is unlikely all eligible families will receive subsidy.

If you are eligible, a CDA Child Care Eligibility Specialist will contact you within 7 business days to complete an application with you for temporary child care services.

For questions, please contact [email protected]

NOTE: At this time, we have received more requests than funding is available. Please complete the questionnaire if you would like to be added to our waiting list.