Get Help Paying for Child Care

If you are a parent that is:

  • In school
  • Working
  • Looking for work
  • Learning a trade
  • Participating in GAIN/CalWORKs

Pathways may be able to assist you with Free or Reduced-Cost child care.

Pathways administers several programs to assist low-income families with full or partial payment towards child care while parents work, look for work, attend school, attend training programs or meet other defined criteria. Parent choice is a key element in these programs. All programs allow parents to choose the child care arrangement that best suits the unique needs of the child and family. Parents are free to choose from many child care settings including Family Child Care,, After School Programs, Parks and Recreation programs. Even a friend or extended family member can be paid to care for your child.

Our Program Specialists work with each family to certify eligibility and create written agreements with the parent’s choice of child care provider.

Check if you are eligible by using our Payment Assistance Calculator or contact a Pathways Resource & Referral Specialist.


Eligible families are served regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or disability.