School and Daycare

 A Guide to School and Daycare for Foster Children


Childcare for Young Foster Children

There are a number of resources available to help foster parents find and pay for daycare for young foster children.

Childcare Subsidies

All foster families are eligible for state subsidies to cover childcare and daycare through the Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC), regardless of income.  If for some reason, state subsidies are delayed or not approved, additional funding is available through DHS.  For more information, see the Childcare section of the Finances Guide.

Finding Childcare

  1. Go to to use the PA state sponsored childcare search engine.
  2. Use the Advanced Search feature to access specific childcare filters.
  3. On the Programs tab, select the type of program you are looking for (such as daycare, Kindergarten, and Head Start programs).
  4. On the Financial tab, select Child Care Works and Child Welfare Agency.  Child Care Works refers to the state subsidy program offered to foster parents.  Child Welfare Agency refers to programs that offer availability specifically for foster children.

School and Education

Foster parents play an important role in education.


 Foster parents are responsible for making sure their children attend school, arrive on time, and receive the support they need. Stay in regular contact with teachers and administrators to ensure that your child receives any services they may require.

Where to Attend

When possible, it is best for children in foster care to continue attending their prior school when possible. In some cases, arrangements can be made for bus routes to be altered to accomodate the child’s new living circumstances. Contact the child’s school to see what options are available.

In some cases, children must change schools due to distance. In these cases, try to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Learn More About Foster Care

The following guides can help get you up to speed on several important aspects of foster care in Philadelphia.


Learn about financial support available for foster parents.


Learn about healthcare topics such as doctors visits and insurance.

The Legal System

Learn about family court, hearings, and child custody.

Caseworkers and Visits

Learn about the different types of caseworkers, home visits, and parent visits.

New Placements

Learn about what to ask when receiving a new placement and the first week in care

School and Daycare

Learn more about education, school, and daycare.

Adoption and Permanency

Learn about foster care, adoption, and foster-to-adopt.

Foster Care Policies

Learn about policies like travel and babysitters