Services for Children

Services for Children

Administration for Children and Families
Responsible for federal programs which promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.


Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
State child care assistance programs are funded through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). CCDF is a Federal program that assists low-income families, families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and those transitioning from TANF in getting child care so they can work or attend training/education. Each State has its own eligibility guidelines.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) › Child Development and Early Learning
The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training.

Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America works with more than 600 state and local Child Resources and Referral agencies nationwide to help ensure that all families in the United States have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve its mission, Child Care Aware of America leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertakes research, and advocates for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.

Child Care Federal Resources
The Web site provides links to Federal resources with information for child care providers about providing care for children with special needs.

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies sometimes have information about child care programs that have scholarships, special funding options, or sliding fee scales that are based on household income.

HHS Child Care
This program assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education.


Office of Child Support & Enforcement
Child support enforcement (CSE) agencies can help single parents, and family members with legal custody of children, locate an absent parent, establish paternity, and collect child support monies. Your State CSE agency can help answer questions about child support and child custody laws in your State

The Child Custody Network
The Child Custody Network is an organization that links families with resources and information about laws, research, discussion boards, and forums about child custody issues.

Child Support Resources
Child Support Guidelines
The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support
Child Support Calculator


Early Head Start (EHS)
EHS is a federally funded, community-based program for low-income families with infants, toddlers, and pregnant women. It offers children and families comprehensive child development services through center-based programs, home-visiting programs, and a combination of program options.

Head Start
Head Start is a federally funded, community-based child development program for children 3 to 5 years old and their families. It is a child-focused program and has the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children from low-income families. Head Start serves children whose family income is at or below the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Like EHS, Head Start programs may serve a limited number of children from families who earn more than this income limit.

State-funded prekindergarten programs:
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)
Some States have prekindergarten programs that are designed to give 3- and 4-year-old children the experiences they need to be ready for kindergarten. These programs usually last 2 1/2 to 6 hours of a school day. To find out if there is a program in your area and whether you are eligible to participate, contact your local CCR&R agency.


Insure Kids Now
Children or teens may qualify for no-cost or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many parents may also be eligible.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
1-877 KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669)
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or low-cost health coverage for more than 7 million children up to age 19. CHIP covers U.S. citizens and eligible immigrants.