Pathways LA will help you find and afford reliable child care

We understand the difficulty of finding affordable quality child care. Pathways LA can help you access affordable, quality child care in your neighborhood. We’ve been helping families like yours for 40 years – we’ll help you find child care, help you cover the costs of child care, and we will help you complete the necessary application forms.

If you are a parent and any of the following apply to you, Pathways LA 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

Parent choice is a key element in these programs. All programs allow parents to choose the child care arrangement that best suits the unique needs of the child and family. Parents are free to choose from many child care settings including Family Child Care, After School Programs, Parks and Recreation programs. Even a friend or extended family member can be paid to care for your child.

Our Program Specialists work with each family to determine eligibility and help parents with accessing child care from a provider of their choice. Pathways LA serves eligible families regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or disability.

3 Steps to Financial Assistance


Use our Eligibility Tool to determine if you qualify for reduced-cost or free child care services within the Pathways LA network.


Apply online

Complete our online application for child care financial assistance.


Meet with Pathways LA to discuss your child care needs

A Pathways LA Specialist will contact you to finalize your application.

Further Assistance

If you have questions not addressed here, please click the “Contact Us” button below or visit our office – walk-ins are always welcome.