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 August 31, 2016, 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 August 31, 2016: 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 to 125 % of the poverty level (currently open)
  • 126 to 150 % of the poverty level (currently open)

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.