Financial Assistance for Child Care

Children's Home Society - for children ages 0-12 years

Children’s Home Society of California (CHS) and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) offer a Child Care Payment Program which provides help paying for child care for income eligible families. Parents are able to choose a child care provider that meets the needs of their family. Families may be eligible if parents meet income requirements and have one or more qualifying needs for services:

  • Are working or attending school
  • Are seeking employment
  • Are experiencing homelessness
  • Are incapacitated
  • The child is at risk of abuse or neglect (requires referral)

Completion of an Eligibility Questionnaire (EQ) begins the process to determine your eligibility for both CHS and OCDE. Eligibility is based on your gross monthly income and family size. To learn more or to apply for child care assistance please, click here.

State Preschool - for children ages 3-5 years

The State Preschool program offers part-time preschool and state-subsidized childcare services to eligible families. Parents qualify for child care by meeting income and need guidelines. Parents must be employed, in training or seeking employment. Child care fees are based on a sliding scale, with funding support from the California Department of Education. For more information visit the Early Childhood Learning Center website here or call 949-936-5890.

In-House Scholarships

Some child care centers provide in-house scholarships as funds are available. When contacting a center, please ask if they have any financial assistance available.

Irvine Child Care Project - for elementary age children attending an Irvine Unified School District school

The Irvine Child Care Project provides scholarships to income-eligible families which provides help paying for your child to attend an ICCP child care program.  An ICCP child care program is located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Please click here to learn more.