Help Paying for Child Care

Along with housing, child care is often the largest monthly expense for families. Children’s Council offers a variety of child care financial assistance programs. Eligibility is based on family-size, household income and other family support needs. Families may be eligible regardless of immigration status.

Subsidy programs are available to partially or completely cover the costs of care for children from birth until age 13. This includes licensed child care centers, licensed family child care homes, afterschool and summer programs and care provided by relatives or friends.

If you are already receiving a subsidy, please call 415.276.2900 for questions about your eligibility or payments.

Income Requirements

Gross monthly household income must be at or below the amount listed for each family size:

Family Size 1-2 3 4 5 6
Gross (pre-tax) Monthly Income $4,894 $5,270 $5,922 $6,870 $7,817


Family Fees

Depending on your gross monthly income, you may be required to pay a portion of your child care subsidy called a family fee. The following table shows family fee increments according to gross monthly income and family size. Click here to view the family fee table.


Apply for Financial Assistance

Children’s Council operates the San Francisco Child Care Connection (SF3C), a county-wide list that connects eligible families to financial assistance for child care as spaces become available. Applying to SF3C does not guarantee that you will receive child care. You must provide a valid email address to join the list.  Click here to apply.

If you think you may be eligible for subsidy programs, please contact our counselors to learn more:

  • Walk-in: 445 Church Street, Mon-Thu 8:30am-4pm, Fri 8:30-noon.
  • Phone: 415.343.3300

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