Centralized Eligibility List (CEL)
The Central Eligibility List (CEL) was designed to serve as a single “waitlist” for eligible parents to receive subsidized child care and enrichment programs in Butte County. Enrolling on the CEL is the first step towards receiving low or no cost child care for children 0 to 13 years old. Valley Oak Children’s Services maintains the list for all subsidized programs in Butte County.
WHAT IS “SUBSIDIZED” CHILD CARE?
Do you need low or no cost child care? If you do, you are a parent looking for “subsidized” child care. Subsidized child care supports families by providing child care and early education at a reduced cost to those who are eligible. Many low and middle income families qualify. There are many different types of child care options!
WHAT TYPES OF PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?
Subsidized centers follow guidelines to provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences for your child. The funding for the centers may come from one or a combination of the following: Head Start, State Pre-school or Department of Education- Child Development Divison.
Child Care Centers: All child care centers provide developmentally appropriate learning styles for children.
- Part Day Programs: Some centers offer part-day programs for children age 3 to 5 years old. The focus of the program is the growth and development of the child.
- Full Day Programs: Some centers offer full-day programs that also focus on growth and development. To qualify for these extended hour programs a parent must attend school, work, or seek employment.
Family Child Care Homes: Children are cared for in a home setting. Parents choose a licensed family child care provider who is a member of the Family Child Care Home Education Network and is cared for in the provider’s home. A Child Development Specialist meets with the provider periodically to encourage developmentally appropriate learning.
Child Care Payment Program: Parents choose the child care situation that best fits their family’s needs and the provider is reimbursed.
Home Based Programs: Some families with younger children or in remote residences are better served by a teacher coming into the home to provide learning activities. In home based programs teachers meet with the children in the child’s home.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE CENTRALIZED ELIGIBILITY LIST?
The CEL is available to parents that have children age 0 to 13 years old. Families are accepted into the program based on income, needs eligibility, and their preferred program(s). Among the list of income eligible families are children from Child Protective Services, children with special needs, and at-risk families referred by social services professionals. Those with the lowest income receive first priority.
HOW CAN PARENTS ENROLL ON THE CEL?
Enrolling on the CEL is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Call Valley Oak or stop by the office to enroll TODAY. Parents will be asked about their 1) gross income, 2) family size, and 3) child care needs.
CENTRALIZED ELIGIBILITY LIST
Phone: (530) 895-3572
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.