The DES Child Care Administration (CCA) offers child care assistance for:
- low-income families that are working
- teen parents enrolled in high school or GED classes
- homeless or domestic violence shelter residents
- individuals who are unable to work due to physical or emotional conditions
Apply for Child Care Assistance
Follow these steps to begin the application process:
- Complete the Application for Child Care Assistance
- Submit the following required documents (as applicable) to your local office:
- Completed Application for Child Care Assistance or referral from Maximus or the Arizona Department of Child Safety
- Arizona ID or Legal Permanent Resident card
- Most recent paycheck or, if newly hired, an Employment and Wage Verification Statement
- Self-employment records and budget logs, or current year self-employment tax return
- Proof of school attendance for teen parent
- Proof of shelter residency and Verification of Shelter Case Plan
- If unable to work due to medical, court-ordered community services or drug treatment, submit a completed Unable/Unavailable Status form
- Proof of unearned income, such as Social Security Income (SSI), Child Support, loans, etc.
- As part of the application process, please select a DES-approved child care provider by calling 1-800-308-9000 or by visiting www.azchildcare.org.
After The Application
Please note that applications for child care can take up to 30-days to process and complete.
- Upon review of your application, a DES Eligibility Specialist may contact you if additional information is needed. Please do not disregard correspondence from Child Care Administration (CCA), as it may delay services.
- Your assigned Eligibility Specialist will:
- inform you if your case is subject to the CCA waitlist
- identify the group or fee level that pertains to your case
- be available to discuss any other relevant information.
- If you do not agree with the determination of your application, you may submit a Fair Hearing Request to your assigned Eligibility Specialist in person, by email or fax. After the request is received, the DES Fair Hearing Unit will complete the review process.
Find your local DES Child Care office to speak to a DES Eligibility Specialist for more information.