Paying for Child Care

Paying for child care can become a financial burden for many families.  4Cs provides subsidized care (financial assistance) to families who meet income and eligibility requirements set by the California Department of Education, Child Development Division.

The chart below shows the maximum gross monthly income, based on family size, that determines income eligibility.  If your income is below the maximum amount for your family size please complete an ACCESS application and submit to 4Cs via mail, fax, or in-person.

Gross   Monthly Income








Family Size

1 or 2







Income guidelines may change or vary under special circumstances. (California Department of Education and the Administration for Children and Families – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

The ACCESS application (ACCESS en español) will add you to our subsidized care eligibility list.  Our staff will contact you when funding is available. For additional information download our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Subsidized Child Care.

If you have been on cash-aid within the last 24 months, please contact us at (650) 517-1400, because you may be eligible for immediate assistance.

Please click here for a list of other subsidized programs in San Mateo County.  You must apply for each program individually to be placed on their waiting list.  Many programs have immediate opening or shorter waiting lists so we encourage families to apply for all programs that interest them.

In addition to the options listed above, some child care providers offer scholarships, sliding fee scales based on income, multiple child discounts, or other forms of assistance.  For a list of providers who offer independent assistance, please contact our Resource and Referral staff at (650) 517-1400.