Child Care

CalWorks Child Care known as Stage 1 is a supportive service for adults who are required to participate in the CalWORKs Welfare to Work (WTW) program.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) provides funding for child care supportive services for those parents who are in an approved WTW activity and are currently receiving CalWORKs cash assistance. In order to qualify for child care supportive services under the CalWORKs program you must meet the following criteria:

  • You, the parent, are receiving cash assistance under the CalWORKs program and your child is under age 13*
  • You, the parent, were receiving cash assistance under the CalWORKs program within the last 24 months and your child is under age 13* AND,
  • You need child care because you are in an approved CalWORKs activity such as:
    • Work
    • Community Work Service
    • Vocational Training
    • Self-Initiated Training Program
    • Work Study
    • Job Search/Job Club
    • Adult Basic Education/GED/High School Proficiency

*The age limit may be higher for a disabled child

For more information about the CalWORKs Stage 1 Child Care program you may contact:
1 (877) 505-4630

Child Care services are also available to eligible families who have transitioned off the CalWORKs program. You may phone the following agencies to see if you are eligible for continued child care services.

Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department

Stage I  Stage II / CAPP Head Start Programs
(Enrollment Hotline)
West County
(510) 412-3080
Central/East County-
(925) 706-4730
(925) 681- 6360 West County
(510) 347-7144
Central/East County
(925) 427-8852

Contra Costa Child Care Council
Resource & Referral Services

West County Central County East County
(510) 758-KIDY (5439) (925) 676-KIDS (5437) (925) 778-KIDS (5437)