The State of California sets the maximum rate to be paid for child care. The child care amount is based on the age of the child, the type of care used, licensed or licensed-exempt, and the amount of time child care is needed. Each family's situation is evaluated individually and the rate set.
Child care providers must charge CalWORKs participants the same rate they charge a member of the general public. A family might need to pay a share of the cost if the gross family income is over a certain amount, depending on family size.