DES reports on Child Care for Returning Workers Program

| July 20, 2021

By the Department of Economic Security

Under Governor Ducey’s Arizona Back To Work program, the State of Arizona will provide 3 months of child care assistance for individuals with children who return to work after receiving unemployment benefits. 

To be eligible, an individual must:

  • have filed for the state’s unemployment and pandemic unemployment assistance programs on or before May 15, 2021
  • be currently employed (part-time or full-time) in any industry
  • earn $25 per hour or less (equivalent to a yearly salary of $52,000)
  • be a parent in need of child care assistance for their children ages 12 and younger

Individuals can apply for the Child Care for Returning Workers Program with the Arizona Department of Economic Security by visiting the DES Child Care Assistance website anytime between June 1, 2021 through September 6, 2021. Applicants will receive notification of approval by email. Approved applicants will receive three months of child care assistance from the start of their child care service.

As part of the application, parents will need to select a prospective child care provider and ensure availability for your child.  Parents can receive support in finding an approved child care provider through Arizona’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) at or by calling 1-800-308-9000 Monday-Friday 8am-6pm & Saturday 8am-Noon.

Child care assistance can only be used for children ages 12 and younger at an approved child care provider within the DES child care provider network, including any DES contracted child care provider, DES certified child care provider, or DES Non-Certified Relative Provider, statewide. 

Reimbursement payments are made directly from DES to the child care provider.

Parents approved for this program will not be required to pay a DES mandatory copay, although the reimbursement to the provider may not cover the full cost of care. Parents will have to pay any difference for the cost of care between the reimbursement rate and the amount a provider charges, if applicable.

Category: Child Welfare, Programs, Resources

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