The subsidized child care program helps qualifying families pay their child care tuition. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) office.

If you meet the guidelines:

  • The ELRC will pay a part of your child care cost. This is called a subsidy payment.

  • You will pay a part of the cost. This is called the family co-pay.

  • The subsidy payment and the family co-pay go directly to the child care program.


NOTE: If your child care subsidy does not pay the full amount that your child care program charges, the provider may ask you to pay the difference between the subsidy payment and their private charges.

For more information or to apply for child care subsidy, visit these links.

PA Infant Toddler Contracted Slots Program

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded twelve enrollment slots for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Infant Toddler Contracted Slots Program for the 2021-2022 program year.

All spaces in this program are fully enrolled. 

In 2018, $2 million of federal funding was utilized to fund a pilot program serving Child Care Works eligible infants and toddlers via contracted slots. The Governor’s 2019-20 budget included $15 million to expand the Infant Toddler Contracted Slots program to serve more eligible children. The Infant Toddler Contracted Slots Program builds upon the already established infrastructure of the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts (PA PKC) Program model. PA PKC has been in existence since 2007 and provides high quality pre-kindergarten services to eligible children. Building an infant toddler focused program with established PA PKC programs will allow continued focus on quality programming while building strong transitions from infant-toddler to pre-kindergarten classrooms.

Current/Projected Enrollment Slots Available:

  • Infant & Toddlers - CURRENT OPENINGS! *must qualify for Infant Toddler Contracted Slots program or Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership

  • Preschool (paying privately) - limited openings as 10/11/22 

  • Pre-K Counts - 1 opening for 2022-2023 school year

Once Upon A Time Early Learning Center

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m