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Department of Early Learning and Care

Child Care Assistance & Family Support

Child care expenses usually make up a large portion of a family’s budget. Fortunately, the Department of Early Learning and Care offers several programs to help families reduce these costs.

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Help Paying For Child Care

Child care expenses usually make up a large portion of a family’s budget. Fortunately, the Department of Early Learning and Care offers several programs to help families reduce these costs.

Family Support Services

In addition to financial supports for early childhood care and education, DELC assists families with other programs that can strengthen parent-child relationships, support child development, and help parents access community resources.


Resources from other state agencies

Although DELC financial and family supports are child care and education focused, many families that DELC serves also qualify for programs administered by other state agencies, such as the Department of Human Services or the Department of Education. Learn more about each program by clicking on the links to the appropriate agency.

The Department of Education's Early Intervention (EI) and Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) are federal- and state-funded programs that provide specialized services to children experiencing disabilities and their families. EI provides individualized services for children birth through age 3 in natural settings, such as the family’s home, and typically include therapies for the child, as well as training and support for the parents. ECSE services are educational in nature for children ages 3 to kindergarten and take place in settings such as Head Start classrooms, child care programs and ECSE classrooms, depending on the needs of the individual child.

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Family Support and Connections Program

Being a parent can sometimes be stressful, and all families can use a little help from time to time. Family Support and Connections is a free, voluntary program to help reduce that stress. You can choose what support you want for your family. A Family Advocate from your community will help you get services that meet your needs.

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The Department of Human Services helps with cash assistance for basic living expenses and job services through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), food benefits through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), food and nutrition support through Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and other family assistance through Family Support and Connections (FSC).

Families may want to investigate the Oregon Housing and Community Services site to learn more about its housing assistance options and its low income energy assistance program.

Finally, parents and families who are searching for multiple resources to help their family thrive should check out 211Info, which can help connect them with a wide variety of assistance. 211info is a private, community-based nonprofit organization that serves the entire state of Oregon as well as Washington’s Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties.