Child Care

Child Care Program

Child Care (Day Care) is a critical element for families who are trying to gain and/or maintain employment and self-sufficiency. Parents who would like to know if they qualify for child care assistance can call for a telephone screening. A mail-in application process is available to those who have completed the telephone screening or an appointment for an interview can be scheduled.

Eligibility Threshold

Effective March 21st, 2018, the Orange County Department of Social Services will reduce the eligibility threshold for child care in Orange County from 175% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 150%. The Child Care level will remain at 150% of the Poverty Level, unless additional funds are allocated from the State.

Public Assistance Cases Requiring Employment Services

Effective March 21st, 2018: All open Public Assistance cases requiring Employment Services can qualify for Child Care. In addition, people in the following Income Bands can qualify for assistance:

  • 101 – 125 % of the poverty level (currently open)
  • 126 – 150 % of the poverty level (currently open) and
  • 151 -- 175% of the poverty level (new eligible income band)

We will review the Income Level of any closed or denied block grant low income cases that were processed or closed due to excessing 150% of the Federal Poverty Level within the last thirty (30) days. Cases will be opened according to State approved income bands starting with 100% going to 125%, 126% -150%, 151% -175% and 176% - 200. However, Orange County can designate the eligibility thresholds within the approved income bands. In the event of a waiting list within these eligible income bands; those families on a waiting list the longest will open first.

Orange County will include child care for homeless individuals and/or victims of domestic violence who are employed or attending an approved college, school or vocational program.

Transitional Child Care Assistance

Transitional child care assistance is available for a limited time for qualified persons who no longer qualify for temporary assistance due to achieving economic independence through employment. Individuals can consult with the Child Care unit for additional information.