Tulare County Centralized Eligibility List

The Tulare County Centralized Eligibility List (CEL) is a one-stop system that allows low-income families to apply for assistance to pay for all or part of their child care needs. One application will place families on the CEL and the information will be available to participating subsidized child care and education programs in Tulare County. Parents do not need to visit or call each program to be added to their eligibility list.

The CEL is administered by the Tulare County Office of Education Connections for Quality Care program.


What Types of Services Are Available?

There are a variety of programs with participating agencies throughout Tulare County, including:
  • Half-day enrichment (preschool)
  • Full-day preschool
  • Latchkey (before and after school care)
  • Evening, weekend and overnight care
  • Migrant (Child care for families with 50% or more of their income from agricultural work)
  • Child care for children with special needs

Which Agencies Participate in the CEL?

Cutler-Orosi Unified School District (559) 528-1790
Earlimart School District (661) 849-4235
Family F.O.C.U.S (Porterville) (559) 784-2214
Lindsay Unified School District (559) 562-8524
Plano Preschool (Porterville) (559) 782-7120
Porterville Children's Center (559) 782-7120
Richgrove School District (661) 725-2092
Tulare County Office of Education Connections for Quality Care (559) 651-3026
Visalia Unified School District (559) 730-7564
Woodlake Union School District (559) 564-1801
YMCA (559) 627-0700


Who is Eligible?

Families must meet eligibility requirements based on income and family size that are established by the California Department of Education Child Development Division. Most, but not all, programs require families to meet at least one of the following needs:
  • Working
  • Looking for work
  • Attending school or a training program
  • Medically incapacitated (unable to care for children)
  • Homeless
  • Referral by a social services agency



Agencies interested in using the CEL should contact Connections for Quality Care at CEL@cc.tcoe.org or call (559) 651-3026 or toll-free (800) 675-3026 for a log-in and password.