Family-Based Child Care

Family-Based Child Care is a community-based network of educators who offer early education and care to children in a home setting. Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, and offer early care and education for children from infancy to school age.

Family-Based Child Care is currently available in Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Westfield, Agawam, Feeding Hills, South Hadley and Wilbraham.

Along with meeting a service need, family income can’t be more than 50% of State Median Income in order to qualify for tuition assistance.

Transportation may be available to participants who: 

  • Live more than one-half (1/2) mile from the program
  • Do not have access to a vehicle
  • Do not have access to public transportation
  • Have a verified and documented disability/special need that prevents them from transporting their child(ren)
  • Have a work schedule that prevents them from transporting their child(ren) to or from care


In order to be eligible for Family-Based Child Care tuition assistance, parents must be:  

  • Working 30 + hours
  • Going to school full-time (12 credits)
  • Attending school part-time (6 credits) and working part-time (hours must add up to at least 25 hours)
  • Enrolled in a full-time training program
  • The parent of a child with a documented special need
  • A parent who is incapacitated
  • A grandparent or guardian
  • New England Farm Workers’ Council vouchers and DCF referrals accepted
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(413) 552-1559
35 Mt. Carmel Avenue, 3rd Floor
Chicopee, MA 01013

How to Receive Financial Assistance
Required Documents for Financial Assistance

Click on the program name below to learn more about the other child care services we offer:

Please join us in congratulating Diana Garcia, our April Educator of the Month!

Diana has been a home educator with Valley Opportunity since October 2015. Diana is being recognized because of her support for other home educators. She has created a monthly cohort for the Latin early education community. Each month they alternate visiting each educator’s house to offer feedback and suggestions on the daycare settings. During these meetings, they talk about activities and strategies to implement in their own daycare settings, as well as swap toys and books so each childcare can have new play material for children to explore and experiment.  

Thank you Diana for your support!