Child Care

Child Care

The Community Services Agency Child Care Program is a child care subsidy program for current CalWORKs recipients or CalWORKs recipients within 24 months of their discontinuance from CalWORKs. The program assists customers by helping them pay for childcare while they are working or attending an approved Welfare-to-Work activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

The StanWORKs Child Care Program is a child care subsidy program for current CalWORKs recipients or former CalWORKs recipients within 24 months of their discontinuance from CalWORKs. The program partners with parents and child care providers through child care reimbursement assistance for families who are receiving CalWORKs cash assistance and are transitioning from CalWORKs to self-sufficiency while the parents work or attend an approved Welfare to Work activity. The program may not be able to cover the entire cost of child care. The state allows reimbursement up to a certain amount that varies depending on the type of child care provider, age of the child, and amount of care needed.

We are located at the Community Services Agency on 251 E. Hackett Road on the corner of Crows Landing and E. Hackett Road in Modesto. The StanWORKs Child Care Program reception area is through the Family Services entrance on the 2nd floor. We are open Monday — Friday, 8:00 am — 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in applying for child care services through the StanWORKs Child Care Program, you can tell your CalWORKs case manager, visit the StanWORKs Child Care Program, or call the StanWORKs Child Care Program information line at (209) 558-2332.

To apply for child care services, you must visit the StanWORKs Child Care Program reception and request an intake interview appointment. The StanWORKs Child Care Program is located at 251 E Hackett Rd. Modesto CA. 2nd floor of the Family Services Entrance.

There are many factors to consider in determining eligibility. The face to face interview may take up to 1 œ hours. The StanWORKs Child Care Program may take up to 30 days to approve or deny an application after conducting a face to face interview and receiving a completed application.

You must have a link to the CalWORKs Program within the last 24 months and meet specific Eligibility and Need requirements to be eligible to the StanWORKs Child Care Program.

Yes, you must have at least one child who is twelve years of age or younger. Children are eligible from birth through their 12th birthday. If your child has an exceptional need they may be eligible to receive child care services up to 21 years of age. Additional verification is required for children with exceptional needs.

No, but you must either be a current recipient of CalWORKs or have been a recipient of CalWORKs within the last 24 months, and meet all other Eligibility and Need requirements.

See chart below.

Family Size Family Monthly Income Family Yearly Income
1-2 $3,283 $39,396
3 $3,518 $42,216
4 $3,908 $46,896
5 $4,534 $54,408
6 $5,159 $61,908
7 $5,276 $63,312
8 $5,394 $64,728
9 $5,511 $66,132
10 $5,628 $67,536
11 $5,745 $68,940
12 $5,863 $70,356

The amount of property you own does not affect your eligibility to the StanWORKs Child Care Program.

You may contact the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Child Care Resource and Referral at (209) 238-6400 for a list of child care providers. They can also provide you with helpful information about choosing quality child care.

It is the parents’ responsibility to choose their child care provider. You may choose a child care center, family day care, or a license-exempt provider (exempt providers must be over 18 years old, able to legally work, and if they are not a grandparent, aunt or uncle of the child being provided services, they must be Trustline registered with a “Cleared” status before they can be approved as a child care provider). Your chosen child care provider must first be approved by the StanWORKs Child Care Program to be eligible for reimbursement.

The StanWORKs Child Care Program supports parental choice of a child care provider. We encourage you to take your time when choosing a quality child care provider for your child so you can be assured the provider you choose meets all your family needs. This will help prevent having to change providers frequently. Your chosen child care provider must first be approved by the StanWORKs Child Care Program to be eligible for reimbursement.

Call the StanWORKs Child Care Program and report that you would like to change your child care provider. You must notify the StanWORKs Child Care Program at least 10 days in advance prior to using a new child care provider. You will be sent a provider packet to be completed by you and your new child care provider. Once the StanWORKs Child Care Program receives the new provider packet, you will be notified when your new provider is approved and when services will begin. Remember, often your provider contract may require a two week notice before terminating services. Request for reimbursement for a two week notice can not be approved unless child care services was provided during the two week period and no other provider is claiming reimbursement for the same period.

Families may have one child care provider per child unless your child care provider’s hours of operation do not accommodate your certified need for child care services. If your child care provider’s hours of operation do not meet your need for child care services, a 2nd child care provider may be approved.

Trustline is California’s Registry of license-exempt child care providers who have cleared a background screening process. All license-exempt providers who are not an aunt, uncle, or grandparent to the child must be Trustline registered with a “Cleared” status before they can be approved as a child care provider.

It is the child care provider’s choice how much they want to charge their families. However, child care providers may not charge StanWORKs or any other subsidized child care program families a different or higher rate than unsubsidized (private pay) families. Discounts available to unsubsidized (private pay) families must be available to subsidized families regardless of the timing of reimbursement. All uncovered services are the parent’s responsibility.

The StanWORKs Child Care Program may not be able to reimburse the entire cost of child care. The state only allows reimbursement up to a certain amount that varies depending on the type of child care provider, age of the child, and amount of care needed. Parents are responsible for any child care cost that the StanWORKs Child Care program is not able to reimburse.

Family Fee is the portion of the reimbursement the family is responsible for paying before the StanWORKs Child Care Program is able to reimburse for services. The Family Fee is based on a family’s total countable monthly income and family size compared to 40%-70% of the Federal Poverty Level. Parents pay the Family Fee directly to the provider. A receipt verifying Family Fee payment must accompany each month’s request for reimbursement before the request can be processed.

A Co-Payment is the difference between what a child care provider charges and what the StanWORKs Child Care Program can reimburse. The difference is the parent’s responsibility to pay to the child care provider.

If due to employment hours, the parent needs sleep time, or if the parent is engaged in an approved course of training and receives unit credits for online classes from an accredited school, and needs study time, the StanWORKs Child Care Program may approve reimbursement for child care services.

The StanWORKs Child Care Program will consider reasonable travel time to and from the location where child care services is being provided and the place of employment or approved activity.