Employment and Social Services

Our Mission:  "We administer employment and social services, preserving the dignity of children, families and adults."

Our Vision:  "Partnering for a safe, healthy, and self-reliant community."

CalWORKs Child Care Program

Stable, quality child care is essential to the success of each CalWORKs participant. The CalWORKs Child Care Program provides that child care and helps families transition smoothly from the immediate, short-term child care needed as the parents begin work or work activities to the stable, long-term child care necessary for the family to leave and remain off aid. 

Who Qualifies

A family could be eligible for child care benefits if :

  • They live in Butte County
  • They receive CalWORKs assistance
  • The parents are participating in:
    • Cal-Learn (Parenting teens) 
    • An approved Welfare-to-Work activity
    • Employment
  • They have transitioned off assistance, but need child care to retain employment
    • They are eligible for, but are declining, a cash aid payment and needing child care.

    There are other requirements that must be met. Child care providers must meet certain conditions or requirements in order to receive payment for their services. Participants will be asked to verify employment, child care costs, and hours and dates of employment or education/training activity. There are age limits for children to receive child care.

    How To Get Help 

    Those needing child care who have already applied for, or are receiving CalWORKs case assistance, should discuss child care with their Case Manager. Anyone not receiving CalWORKs assistance may obtain child care information by contacting the local resource and referral agency, Valley Oak Children's Services, at 530.895.3572 or 800.345.8627

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     Contact DESS

    24-Hour Emergency Numbers
    Children's Services - North County
    Children's Services - South County
    Adult Services - Countywide

    Customer Service Center

    Family Urgent Response System

    Butte 211
    Dial 211 or Butte211.org

    Full list of DESS contacts

     Locations & Hours

    Customer Service Center
    877.410.8803 (phone only)
    Monday - Friday
    7:30am to 4:30pm

    Excludes Holidays

    Butte Community Employment Center - Chico
    765 East Avenue
    Chico, CA 95926

    Butte Community Employment Center - Oroville

    78 Table Mountain Blvd.
    Oroville, CA 95965

    Butte County Community Services Center
    7204 Skyway
    Paradise, CA 95969

    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday
    8:00am - 4:30pmĀ 

    Excludes Holidays

    Full list of DESS locations.


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