List helps families find child care |

List helps families find child care

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Families throughout El Dorado County looking for assistance to pay for child care can now be added to the centralized eligibility list for child development programs. Families will only need to complete one application either over the phone or in person with participating agencies and centers.

This is a great opportunity for families in El Dorado County because all state-funded child care programs including state preschool, general child care funded centers and alternative payment programs will be participating in the centralized eligibility list. Once a family is added to the list, when a center or agency has an opening, a representative will contact the family. If eligible, the family will be enrolled into the program. Families are selected on a ranking system based on family income, size and need.

Families listed on the list are given access to all state-funded programs for which they are eligible. This significantly increases their opportunities for subsidized child care. Agencies and providers also benefit from this list because they can have access to a broader range of income-eligible families in El Dorado County.

The centralized eligibility list also has an impact on policymakers and public administrators. Based on the data collected from the list, policymakers and public administrators can make a better assessment of funds and resources needed for state funded child development programs.

If you would like to learn more about this program or would like to be added to the list, please contact Choices for Children at (530) 541-5848 or toll free at (877) 541-5848.

The following agencies/centers will be participating in the centralized eligibility list to select families eligible for subsidized child care and development services:

Al Tahoe Child Development Center, Choices for Children, El Dorado County Office of Education Child Development Programs, Happy Kids Child Care Centers, Kindertown, Lake Tahoe Community College Child Development Center, Lake Tahoe Child Development Center, Professional Association for Childhood Education Alternative Payment Program, Tahoe Montessori House of Children, and Under the Magic Pine Tree.

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