Alternative Payment Program
VOCS’ Child Care Payment Program serves more than 1,600 Butte County children in a wide range of child care choices.
Our program provides full or partial payment for child care while families are working, going to school, or participating in other approved activities. Parents choose their child care setting and providers are reimbursed.
Child Care allows children to learn and families to earn!
There are more families that need help with child care than there are funds available. Be the voice for YOUR family and advocate for child care funding by joining PARENT VOICES today! Visit the ADVOCACY page for more information.
WHO FUNDS THE PAYMENT PROGRAM?
The program is funded by the California Department of Education and is administered by Valley Oak Children’s Services in Butte County.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
The Payment Program is available to parents that have children age 0 to 13 years old and who are working, going to school or have a qualified need for child care. Families are accepted into the program based on income, need eligibility, and their preferred program(s). Those with the lowest income receive first priority.
HOW CAN PARENTS GET STARTED?
Having a child while working, going to school, or looking for employment is tough! The first step is to be placed on the Centralized Eligibility List (CEL). See the Centralized Eligibility List page for more information.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF BEING ENROLLED ON THE PROGRAM?
The CEL is not a true “waiting list” and is based on income compared to family size rather than the length of time a family has been on the list. A family’s chances of being enrolled on the Payment Program depend on how their need for assistance compares with the rest of the people listed. There is a limited amount of families enrolled on the program, so those with the lowest income receive first priority.
It is very important to update your information with Valley Oak every six months or whenever you have changes that affect your income and family size. This may affect your chances of being enrolled into the Payment Program.