The Merced College CalWORKs program supports students in their quest for child care. The CalWORKs program work collaboratively with our on campus, Merced College Child Development Center and off campus agency, Merced County Office of Education, A Child Care and Education Service System (A.C.C.E.S.S.) to help students meet their child’s caretaking needs for approved school and work related activities.
The Merced College Child Development Center (CDC) provides child care services and is based on availability. The CalWORKs program receives child care funding from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The students must meet CDC eligibility guidelines. To receive services students must be currently enrolled at Merced College and receiving TANF.
A.C.C.E.S.S. is the
program established by Merced County Office of Education to administer
State and Federal supported child care programs. The central purpose of
the child care subsidy programs (CalWORKs Stages 1, 2 & 3 and
Alternative Payments/Block Grants) is to provide subsidized child care
and education services to eligible parents in order to assist them in
achieving their self-sufficiency goals. Child care is provided according
to the need and eligibility of the parent. Parents choose the type of
care and the provider of
care. Parents may choose licensed care in centers or family child care
homes, “exempt” care by eligible relatives, and care that includes
religious instruction (in Federally funded programs only).
Marie Bryan, CalWORKs Child Care Coordinator
A.C.C.E.S.S. - Merced Office
Los Banos Office
web page updated 5/23/11