Paying for Child Care

Resources to Help Finance 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 Spark program will have a reduced co-pay. To find out more about Oregon’s Spark program, 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% 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:

CCI Program Information

Family Application

Income Guidelines

Preschool Promise

Contact 211 to find a program near you.


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.