Program Fund Sources

General Fund Alternative Payment Program:

  • Child is eligible until age 13

  • Family/parent eligibility and need are based on child protective services, employment, seeking employment, vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, profession, or paraprofession, homeless, public assistant recipient, or incapacity of parent or child

  • Child care services may not include sectarian providers

Federal Fund Alternative Payment Program:

  • Child is eligible until age 13

  • Family/parent eligibility and need are based on child protective services, employment, seeking employment, vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, profession, or paraprofession

  • Child care services may include sectarian providers

CalWORKs Stage 2 Programs:

  • Child is eligible until age 13

  • Family/parent must be receiving cash aid or a former recipient referred by the Human Resources Agency (Santa Cruz County Welfare Department)

  • Parent/family eligibility and need are based on an approved work activity (if receiving cash aid) or must be employed, seeking employment, or participating in a vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, profession, or paraprofession

  • family eligibility is up to 24 months after the family is no longer receiving cash aid

CalWORKs Stage 3 Programs:

  • Child is eligible until age 13

  • Parent must be in an approved work activity (if receiving cash aid) or must be employed, seeking employment, or participating in a vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, profession, or paraprofession

  • Parent must be transitioning from Stage 2 and either referred by the Human Resources Agency for transfer to the Voucher Project or be transitioning from Stage 2 within this agency.

  • If there are no openings on Stage 3 programs, parents must return to the waiting list after their 24-month eligibility period for Stage 2 program ends