Free Child Care and Day care

Sacramento Child Care centers free for income eligible

November 21st, 2014
     Each subsidized pre-school and child care has their own eligibility requirements, typically based upon income and your need for childcare.
These are thirteen programs that subsidize your childcare needs, not the actual childcare. Call each one and complete your enrollment in the program that offers the assistance you need, and then you will also need to complete an intake at the childcare center they are funding. In most cases a family is provided enrollment based upon need. The greater your need the more likely you are to receive childcare instead of being placed on a waiting list. For example, if you have a job beginning next week, then you have a greater need. Most programs will offer only a half day pre-school. A tip is to utilize two pre-schools consecutively to have a full day service for school or full time employment. We hope you find a daycare/child care that your family will enjoy.

Sacramento Crisis Nurseries
Hourly and Overnight childcare.
North - Ph. (916) 679-3600 - South - Ph. (916) 394-2000
The Crisis Nursery may provide you with child care for your AOD, respite, work or other need.
No referral/case worker is required and in some case will provide transportation.

CalWORKs Child Care Program
Go to the Sacramento County website link for a detailed list of subsidized childcare eligibility requirements. Speak with your CalWORKS social worker for eligibility and ask for a referral to the Child Care Processing Unit. You may also contact Child Action at (916) 369-0191 and inform the intake worker that you need "CaWORKS stage one or two childcare".

Child Action - You must submit an application for all subsidized childcare!
9800 Old Winery Place, Sacramento, CA 95827 map
Ph. (916) 369-0191
Includes referrals to home day care businesses. Child care assistance for low-income families in Sacramento County who need child care in order to work, attend school or participate in job training programs. You may call~ 369-0191and a representative will help you fill out an application over the phone. If you are employed, in school or on cash aid such as CalWorks then you may receive priority services.

BeanStalk Childcare Programs
3325 Myrtle Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660 map
Ph. (916) 344-6259 x 2
Fully subsidized and sliding scale fee child care and daycare, including daycare pre-school. Part day/Full day child care programs. Offers state child care and pre-school for income eligible families.

Head Start
925 Del Paso Blvd. #200, Sacramento CA 95815 map
Ph. (916) 263-3804
Sacramento parents with children age 0- 5. Sacramento county residents who are income eligible may apply directly to any Head Start subsidized/free pre-school which is within your county. Head Start provides half day pre-school enrollments along with full day enrollments that may have a waiting list. If you need full day services, please call Child Action.

The 4th "R" Child Care Program
5735 47th Avenue, , Sacramento, CA 95824 map
(Go through the main sliding doors)
Ph. (916) 808-6021 or 808-7205
There are several 4th R locations >> throughout Sacramento, most are within elementary schools. Your child does not have to attend the elementary school where the 4th R is located. Fees are subsidized or sliding scale depending upon your income. Click the title and use the Child Action CEL application below to begin your application for fully subsidized childcare.

Twin Rivers School District- Early Childhood Education
5115 Dudley Boulevard, Bay C, Sacramento, CA 95652 map
Ph. (916) 566-1600
Offers subsidized childcare services to families within the TRUSD. Call for enrollment.

Folsom Cordova Unified School District
2460 Cordova Lane, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 map
Ph. (916) 635-4301 x142
Offers state subsidized pre-school within the FCUSD.
Student Care
2460 Cordova lane, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 map
Ph. (916) 635-4301 x117
Offers before and after school programs within the FCUSD. Fees are sliding scale and you do not have to be on the CEL list.

San Juan Childhood Education
Discovery Club-Subsidized
5309 Kenneth Avenue, Carmichael, CA 95608 map
Ph. (916) 971-7375
Offers after school and childcare assistance to children K-6th grade subsidized and fee-based.

Y. M. C. A.
Two locations in Sacramento, CA.
Ph. (916) 457-9626
Ph. (916) 231-9622
Child care classes and programs. Financial assistance and low income daycare prices for local child care on sliding scale. Children K-6th grade after school child care.

Child Development Incorporated
650 Bercut Drive, Suite E, Sacramento, CA 95814 map
Ph. (916) 557-4401
Provides subsidized/free childcare programs for families. Also, Cal Works subsidies, support for Stage 2 and 3 families.