Help Paying for Child Care

Children’s Council offers a variety of financial assistance programs to partially or completely cover the costs of care for children from birth until age 13. Eligibility is based on family size and income. Families may be eligible regardless of immigration status. Child care options vary depending on the type of financial assistance for which you qualify. 

Learn more about how much child care costs in San Francisco in our Online Help Center.

For a full range of articles about financial assistance options for child care, visit our Online Help Center.

For important financial forms and documents, please see our menu below.

Income Requirements for most State and Local Subsidies

If your household income is less than the amount listed here, you may qualify:

Family Size1-2345
Gross (pre-tax) Monthly Income$5,889$6,511$7,441$8,632

*San Francisco’s Preschool for All program is available to families at all income levels.


Depending on your gross monthly income, your child care subsidy may require you to pay a portion of your subsidy; this is 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

Take the first step to see if you qualify for financial assistance for early child care and education: click here to apply. Families will be contacted as child care spaces become available.

Children’s Council is here to help! Please contact our counselors to learn more: