CCI: The Community Child Care Initiative


City Council recently approved the Allocation Committee’s decision to allocate $5.1 million over three years (2020-2023) to continue the Community Childcare Initiative. The CCI grant means Levy funding will continue to support more than 300 children with annual access to affordable, high-quality childcare. Here’s what one mom had to say:

CCI supplements the state’s Employment Related Day Care subsidy, assuring that families who qualify pay no more than 8% of their annual income toward childcare.

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. Eligible families pay no more than 8% of their monthly gross income for child care.  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.

Please call 503 491-6220 for more information.

Qualifying Criteria for Families:

  • Family must live within the city limits of Portland. (
  •  Annual income for children’s family is up to 80% of the median income for Portland, Oregon; (Income Calculator)
  • Families must have applied for ERDC to determine CCI eligibility
  • Foster families without ERDC, living within the city limits of Portland may be eligible

Family Application and Income Guidelines:

Online Application

Paper Application English​​

Paper Application Spanish​​

CCI Parent Application

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) Application

Qualifying Criteria for ECE Programs:

  • Must be in Multnomah county and serve families residing in Portland.
  • Have current license from the State of Oregon Office of Child Care (OCC)
  • Agree to periodic staff visits to discuss a work plan and and ERS observation
  • Have achieved a rating of C2Q or above in Oregon’s QRIS/Spark
  • Willing to become DHS pre-listed and accept DHS childcare subsidies
  • Programs with valid complaints substantiated by OCC will be reviewed to determine eligibility.
  • Maintain current liability insurance demonstrating child care coverage