Paying for Child Care

Employment Related Day Care

This is a program funded through the Oregon Department of Human Services that assists low income families with child care costs. To learn more about the program click here.
To find out if you might qualify for ERDC, try the co-pay calculator:

For information about how to apply click here:

ERDC Application:
Contact info for offices in Multnomah County:


Families receiving ERDC and enrolled in a Star rated QRIS program will have a have a reduced co-pay.

To find out more about Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), click here.

The Community Childcare Initiative

The Community Childcare Initiative (CCI) offers Portland families and child care providers the opportunity to receive financial assistance for child care. Family and program eligibility requirements apply. The program is funded by the Portland Children’s Levy and administered through Child Care Resource and Referral of Multnomah County and Mt. Hood Community College. Eligible families pay no more than 10-15% of their monthly gross income for child care. Please call 503-491-6220 for more information.

Qualifying Criteria for Families:

• Families/children live in the city of Portland (Child care must be located in Portland and be participating in the CCI Program)
• Annual income for children’s family is up to 200% of Federal Poverty Level
• Families must have applied for ERDC to determine CCI eligibility

Family Application and Income Guidelines: (click to downloadable/fillable document)

Qualifying Criteria for ECE Programs:

• Program is located in the city of Portland
• Have current license from the State of Oregon Office of Child Care (OCC) and have been licensed for at least 2 years
• Agree to periodic visits to discuss a work plan
• Have achieved a rating of C2Q or above in Oregon’s QRIS
• Willing to become DHS pre-listed and accept DHS childcare subsidies
• No complaints substantiated by OCC in the past year and while participating in the CCI program
• Maintain current liability insurance demonstrating child care coverage

ECE Program Application: (click to downloadable/fillable document)

Preschool Promise:

Preschool Promise

Head Start/Early Head Start

“Head Start programs around the state provide free comprehensive preschool services. Early Head Start programs serve pregnant individuals and children up to age 3. Head Start programs serve children ages 3-5. To find out if you qualify and to apply you will need to contact your local program.”
Some Head Start programs also offer a full day child care option.