When a guardian is unable to look after children due to work or illness and if an application filed by a guardian is approved, young children at least 6 months of age (as a general rule) who have not yet entered elementary school are eligible for use of the day-care facilities and programs. Services may be unavailable when facilities are at capacity or when the child is not suited to being raised in a household environment. Below is a list of facilities and programs.
Guardians eligible for day-care services are those in which both guardians cannot provide childcare for any of the following reasons.
- Available facilities/program
- Day-care centers
Certified children homes
Community-based day-care program (for children up to 2 years old)
- The guardian is regularly employed for 48 or more hours per month
- The guardian is pregnant or has recently given birth
- The guardian has contracted an illness or suffered an injury, or has a mental or physical disability
- The guardian’s live-in relatives (including those admitted to long-term hospital stays) are receiving regular nursing care
- The guardian is recovering from an earthquake, fire, flood, or other disaster
- The guardian is conducting recruitment activities (ahead of launching a business) for a continued period of time
- The guardian is attending school
- For any other reasons deemed necessary by the Director of the Health and Welfare Center