Free, high-quality child care for families in Harris County, so parents may work or attend school.

Early REACH (Raising Educational Access for Children in Harris County) is a pilot program to provide high-quality child care for children ages 0 to 4. Child care is provided at no cost to families so that parent(s) may work or attend school. A Partnership of Harris County, BakerRipley, and United Way of Greater Houston to provide high-quality child care at no cost to eligible families.


What is Early REACH?

Early REACH is designed to support families with young children and help childcare providers open new, high-quality classrooms as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Full-day, full-year care is available to eligible infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at no cost in various parts of Harris County.

The program began taking applications from families in June 2023, and the goal is to add space for 800 to 1,000 children by June 2024. Teachers in participating classrooms receive above-average compensation, enhanced training, and additional support.


Children are eligible for Early REACH if they:

  • Are age 0 to 4
  • Live in Harris County
  • Meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Live in a family that earns 85% or less than the State Median Income
    • Live in an area of high need (.75 or above) according to the Social Vulnerability Index
    • Are experiencing homelessness
    • Are in foster care
    • Receive WIC, SNAP, TANF, free or reduced lunch, or SSI income

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