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CalWORKs Child Care

Child care services are provided from the time of application and throughout your time participating in the CalWORKs program. As an applicant, child care at our drop-in playrooms is available to you while you are meeting with your members of our staff or attending orientation. Current and former CalWORKs participants who are working, receiving training, or in school may be eligible to receive child care assistance in the form of subsidies administered by the Children's Council of San Francisco.

The process to receive CalWORKs child care subsidies will depend on a number of factors, such as whether you are currently receiving cash aid or, if you are not, the amount of time since you stopped receiving cash aid, and other income and employment eligibility criteria. Our staff are available to help you determine what child care assistance may be available to you. Please call our Service Center at (415) 557-5100 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., to speak to a member of our staff. 

More information on our partner organizations can be found below.

Children's Council

For more than 30 years, Children's Council of San Francisco has been helping families find and pay for high-quality child care. Funded by the California Department of Social Services and San Francisco's Office of Early Care and Education (OECE), Children's Council serves all communities of the city, providing more than 4,000 free child care referrals and child care subsidy assistance to over 4,000 low-income parents every year. 

The Children's Council of San Francisco
445 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Resource and Referral Line: (415) 343-3300 
Front Desk: (415) 276-2900

Family Support Services of the Bay Area

Other available child care services include Emergency Back-Up Care, which provides child care coverage when your regular provider is unavailable, and Mildly Ill Child Care for coverage when your child cannot attend their regular provider because of a mild illness. Emergency Back-Up and Mildly Ill Child Care Services are administered through Family Support Services of the Bay Area.

Family Support Services of the Bay Area
205 13th Street, Suite 3150, San Francisco, CA 94103
Child Care Program Direct Line: (415) 861-4284
General Inquiries: (415) 861-4060