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Santa Cruz County Centralized Eligibility List (CEL)

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General Agency Information
Name:Santa Cruz County Centralized Eligibility List (CEL)
Address: 9047 Soquel Drive, Ste. D
Aptos, CA  95003
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-688-2152
Toll Free:888-241-0775
Fax Number:831-688-2156
Description:Santa Cruz County CEL is here to support families in need of subsidized child development services countywide. Traditionally waiting lists were common to subsidized child care and development programs, to Head Start Programs, and to Alternative Payment Programs. The Santa Cruz County CEL is a system that combines all of these separate lists, eliminates duplicates, and allows subsidized child development providers in the system to access children that are eligible for their programs.

This also enables families to have access to all programs for which they qualify by submitting a common application, expanding their opportunity to access subsidized care. Providers can potentially pull from a wider net of eligible families allowing their programs to be kept fully enrolled. Communities and counties can plan better to address the demand for care. Local, state and federal funding can be more focused to address the needs of eligible waiting families. We will also support local leaders in their decision making for and planning of affordable quality child care.

ELIGIBILITY: Parents must live in Santa Cruz County, meet income requirements, and have at least one of the following needs:
Working or actively seeking employment;
Medically incapacitated;
Receiving Child Protective Services;
Attending school or a job-related program that leads directly to a recognized trade, profession or para-profession;
Actively seeking permanent housing (for homeless families only).
Languages other than English:Cantonese
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Available Within One Block
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Subject Headings
 Child Care
Child Care Resource and Referral
Child Care Subsidies
Early Childhood Education
Government Agencies
Low Income
This record last modified April 3, 2015

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