Financial Assistance for Child Care

Children's Home Society

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

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 State Department of Education. Call 949-936-5890 for more information.

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

Irvine Child Care Project is a Joint Powers Agreement between the Irvine Unified School District and the City of Irvine, overseen by the Irvine Child Care Project Board of Directors.

Irvine Child Care Project leases facilities on all 26 Irvine Unified School District elementary school campuses to non-profit agencies operating licensed Before and After-school Child Care (grades K-6), and offers some tuition assistance for income-eligible families.

For more information, call the Child Care Coordination Office at 949-724-6632.

Scholarship policies and application