New Income Eligibility

As of 7/1/2019 the State Median limits have change for 2019-2020. Limits for families qualifying for subsidized enrollment has changed. Families will be assessed either a flat monthly full-time fee or part-time fee based on hours of care certified for the month, income, and family size. 

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For more information on the requirements, please see related MB 19-03: Revised State Median Income for FY 2019–20 at

For 5 CCR, Section 18096 of the Implementation Guidance MB 17-14, please visit the 12-Month Eligibility web page at

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As of 7/1/2018, the State Median Income limits have changed for 2018-19.  The Governor signed into law the Budget Act of 2017 on June 27, 2017.  On July 1, 2017 the household income limits were revised. See steps below to apply. This impacts families seeking initial eligibility and re-certification. If your family was previously on a free and reduced program, but lost your eligibility due to 2016 income limits, we highly encourage you to reapply. We also encourage families seeking a free and reduced program to apply for the first time. The bill has also changed to ensure most families will continue to receive subsidized child care for 12 consecutive months before reapplying.

If you are interested in applying, please follow these steps:

1. Contact your local center. You will need to apply at the center you choose to attend.

2. Inform staff you would like to apply.

3. Work with staff on submitting the following paperwork to determine eligibility:

  • Family income information
  • Family need status (working, going to school, etc.)
  • Documentation of family size (children birth certificates, anything showing relationship of child to enrolling parent)
  • Documentation family resides in California

4. You will be able to check on the status of your application with the center you applied with.

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Have more questions? Contact your center or look on the FAQ page.

Would you like to learn more about these changes to the State Budget? Check out the following articles/links:

California to raise income limits to allow more children to qualify for subsidized child care, EdSource

More California children will soon qualify for subsidized child care, Black Voice News

California Education Code sections 8263, 8263.1, and 8273.1 and California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 11323.2 are found on the Assembly Bill 99, 2017–2018 Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill Web page at: