What do I qualify for?

CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program)

*Are you responsible for paying child care costs for a child under 13, or a disabled child under 18, who lives with you?
*Do you, your spouse, and any other parents of children who live in your home, work or attend an educational or training program? If not participating in one or a combination of these activities, do these persons receive disability income?
*Is your household’s monthly gross earned income (before any deductions from paycheck) and unearned income less than the amount listed below for your household size?


2 persons-$2150          4 persons-$3162            6 persons-$4173            8 persons-$4363 
3 persons-$2656          5 persons-$3668            7 persons-$4268            9 persons-$4458

If you answered YES to all of the above questions, you may be eligible for child care assistance.

Apply online for the Child Care Assistance and other Cash-Assistance programs.

If you do not want to submit your application online, you may print out the paper application, along with instructions, and mail it to CCAP Household Eligibility, PO Box 260037, Baton Rouge, LA 70826-9920.


​You may also call 1-877-453-2721 for assistance or email LDEccap@la.gov.



EARLY STEPS

Does your infant or toddler aged birth to three years (36 months) have a medical condition likely to results in a developmental delay, or have a developmental delay?

If you answered YES to the above question, you may be eligible for EarlySteps. EarlySteps services are designed to improve the family’s capacity to enhance their child’s development. These services are provided in the child’s natural environment, such as the child’s home, child care or any other community setting. Anyone can make an EarlySteps referral, even the family. Children can be referred to EarlySteps by contacting this agency: Early Steps, 1863 Avenue of America, Monroe, LA 71201 318.322.4788

Once the referral is received, the family will be contacted to begin the eligibility determination process.

 You can download the
EarlySteps Referral Form by clicking here.



HEAD START

*Do you have a child that will be 3-years-old by September 30 or a child that will be 4-years old by September 30?
*Is your family’s income at or below the federal poverty level?

If you answered YES to all of the above questions, you may be eligible for Head Start. Eligibility is determined by local program staff. Programs may enroll some children from families whose incomes are higher than the federal poverty level if they meet other eligibility requirements. Families with circumstances such as homelessness, children in foster care, or receiving TANF or SSI may also qualify for services. Because many programs offer services to families that may qualify them under other local criteria, we strongly recommend you contact the program in your community for more information and guidance. Contact the agency below to see if you qualify for Head Start:


Farmerville Head Start Center
7199 Hwy 33
Farmerville, LA 71241
Contact: Jennifer Stringfellow, Director Designee
              Pam Harris, Director
Phone: 318-368-0075

Union Head Start Center
211 Willow St
Bernice, LA 71222
Contact: Martha Dean, Director Designee
              Pam Harris, Director
​Phone: 318-285-7180



NSECD (Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Progam)

*Do you have a child that will be 4-years-old by September 30?
*Is your family’s income at or below the federal poverty level?

If you answered YES to all of the above questions, you may be eligible for the NSECD Program. The Nonpublic Schools Early Childhood Development Program provides low-income families the opportunity to attend state-approved private preschools and child care centers. Families with circumstances such as homelessness, using English as a second language, or having a child with a documented disability may also qualify for services.

For more information about qualification call one of these private schools or visit this link:
Early Childhood Programs Qualification



PUBLIC SCHOOL PROGRAMS

*Do you have a child that will be 4-years-old by September 30?
*Is your family’s income at or below the federal poverty level?

If you answered YES to both of the above questions, you may be eligible for one of Louisiana’s public school system early childhood programs. (Low income is not a requirement for attendance.) Louisiana has multiple publicly-funded preschool programs that provide low-income families the opportunity to attend preschool in public school settings. Families with circumstances such as homelessness, using English as a second language, or having a child with a documented disability may also qualify for services.

For more information about qualification contact your local school system or visit this link:
http://www.louisianabelieves.com/early-childhood/early-childhood-programs

If you have any questions about the public school PreK programs in Union Parish, please contact Cynthia Gatson at the Union Parish School Board (318) 368-9715 or by email gatsonc@unionpsd.org

Quality Choices for Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Union Parish