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Child Care Works (CCW)

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Information for Families

The information below is intended for providers. Parents, guardians and families can learn more about CCW on the Pennsylvania Promise for Children website and can connect with their local Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) for further assistance.


It is a significant challenge for families to afford reliable, quality child care. Child Care Works makes it possible for low-income families to find reliable, quality child care near their home or work and provides financial assistance to help them afford it.

Through the Child Care Works partnership, eligible families make a co-payment to the child care program in addition to the state subsidy that Child Care Works provides. More than 200,000 children and their families receive Child Care Works subsidy each year. By accepting children receiving Child Care Works subsidy, child care programs can provide quality early learning services to at-risk children in their communities.


For Providers

How To Apply

To Become a CCW Provider

Programs may contact their local Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) or apply online through PELICAN Provider Self-Service.

Child care programs and relative caregivers must sign and comply with an agreement with their Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) in order to receive Child Care Works subsidy.

Your early learning program’s profile in COMPASS will market that you accept families receiving Child Care. Works subsidy. Your program may also be included in the referral lists that ELRCs provide to prospective families.
Contact your ELRC for more information.


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