Child care is an important partnership between parents and providers. Choices For Children encourages parents and providers to work together to develop a warm, caring and responsive relationship as well as a safe environment for children.

What is the process for enrolling in the program?

If Choices For Children has determined you’re eligible you will be contacted by phone to schedule an appointment with one of our Subsidized Child Care Counselors.  At that time, you will be required to provide documentation that supports your financial need and eligibility for child care services. Choices For Children will review your documentation in order to determine whether you are currently eligible for enrollment. In order to be prepared for the enrollment process, be sure to keep proof of your income, personal records such as birth certificates, and any relevant information regarding a secondary parent such as court documents, utility bills, or child support.

General Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for subsidized child care, the family must meet all of the following:

  • Be income eligible based on “Total Countable Income” guidelines. Total countable income means ALL income of the individuals counted in the family size. Families must submit ALL income documentation for the preceding certification of the application for services.
  • Families enrolled in the California Alternative Payment Program and CalWORKs programs may be required to pay a monthly fee. Family monthly fees are determined by family size and gross income and are based on the California Department of Social Service sliding fee scale. Family Fee July 2024
  • Meet the need criteria for child care. The guidelines states a parent/guardian in the family is not available to provide care for the child (ren) during the time requested, and supervision of the child (ren) is not otherwise being provided by a school, person or any other entity.
  • Need for child care due to vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade/profession, employment, seeking employment, seeking permanent housing, or incapacitation.
  • Reside in Santa Clara Count, CA.
  • Need for child care for children under the age of 13 or for children with exceptional needs up to age 21.