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Pathways LA has been helping families like yours for more than 40 years—we’ll help you with finding child care, covering the costs of child care and completing the necessary application forms. If you are a parent and any of the following apply to you, we may be able to assist you with FREE or REDUCED-COST child care:

  • Working or Looking for Work
  • Participating in an Educational or Training Program
  • Seeking Permanent Housing

Our Program Specialists work with each family to determine eligibility and help parents access child care from a provider of their choice. Parents are free to select from many child care settings, including Family Child Care Home, Child Care Centers and Parks and Recreation programs—even a friend, family or neighbor can be paid to care for your child. Check out our 2022-2023 Income guidelines used to determine the income eligibility for families, here





Our Eligibility Tool once filled out will help us determine if you qualify for reduced-cost or free child care services within the Pathways LA network. If you qualify, you’ll be invited to complete our online application for child care financial assistance, and a Program Specialist will reach out to complete the process.

Pathways LA connects families to free child care, reduced child care and free preschool through programs including GAIN, Cal-Learn and CalWORKs. If you have questions not addressed here, please Contact Us or visit our office at 3325 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90010—we’re open from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Wednesdays until 7pm. Walk-ins are always welcome!

Pathways LA serves eligible families regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity or disability.