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What is Stage 1 child care?

Stage 1 child care is for families that are currently receiving CalWORKs benefits and are participating in the Welfare-to-Work (WTW) program for children ages 0-12 years of age up to 21 with exceptional needs.

Stages of CalWORKS Child Care

Here is a brief description of the three stages of CalWORKS child care. This was taken from California Department of Social Services website.

Stage 1Stage 2Stage 3
Begins with a family's entry into the CalWORKs program.

Clients leave Stage One after six months or when their situation is stable, and when there is a slot available in Stage Two or Three.
Begins after six months or after a recipient's work or work activity has stablilized, or when the family is transitioning off of aid.

Clients may continue to receive child care in Stage Two up to two years after they are no longer eligible for aid
Begins when a funded space is available and when the client has acquired the 24 months of child care, after transitioning off of aid (for former CalWORKs recipients).

For Families

Whether you're new to Stage 1 or are transferring from another agency, we can help guide you through the intake process and initial authorization process.

Visit Stage 1 Families for more information.

The Stage 1 Handbook can be found on Stage 1 Forms.

CONTACT stage 1

Stage 1 offices are co-located in three areas of San Diego. Appointments with your CRS Case Manager will take place at one of these three offices. Our payment office is located in our main Mission Valley Office. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

EscondidoOceansideMission Valley
1750 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-521-3055

613 W. Valley Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92025
Tel: 619-521-3055
1310 Union Plaza Court, #200
Oceanside, CA 92054
Tel: 619-521-3055

3333 Camino Del Rio South, #400
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: 619-521-3055