Child Care Eligibility List

What is the Child Care Eligibility List?

The Changing Tides Family Services Child Care Eligibility List (CEL) is a list of eligible families needing child care assistance in Humboldt County. If you are working, enrolled in school, or in a training program, and your family's gross monthly income meets eligibility requirements, you may qualify for child care assistance.

By placing your name on this eligibility list you may be considered for enrollment in programs operated by Changing Tides Family Services. These programs include: Alternative Payment, Stage 2, and the Family Child Care Home Education Network programs. 

If you are an Essential Worker, you can also use this process to create an online account and complete the application any time of the day. Once you start the process, look for the question about being an essential worker and check that box to access the correct application. You can find more information about Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers here.

please visit the Essential Worker Portal below or call 707-444-8293, email, or message us on Facebook to start the process with a brief application. Please let us know if you need to find a child care provider, are interested in payment for child care, or both. Questions about who is an essential worker, priorities for care, and how this works? We are here to help!

Please note: Not all programs enroll at the same time. Be aware that individual child care providers do not participate on all programs. Changing Tides Family Services staff can tell you which child care providers are available once you are offered an enrollment appointment. At times, no enrollment appointments are available and the wait can be weeks to months.

Apply by Phone! Call us at (707) 444-8293 or 1-800-795-3554.

Apply In-Person! Come by our office at 2379 Myrtle Avenue, Eureka  *Due to COVID-19 we are temporarily unable to see people in person

Apply Online! If you wish to apply online, please choose one of the following:

-CEL-English           -CEL-Spanish

Apply by Mail! If you wish to fill out a CEL application and mail it in, please choose one of the following:

-CEL-English           -CEL-Spanish