COMPASS is an online tool for Pennsylvanians to apply for many health and human service programs and manage benefit information, including health care, food and nutrition assistance, housing and community-based services and other benefits. This is a great source to find all the state and federal government programs available to help where you need it most.

Pennsylvania CHIP

The state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health coverage to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance (Medicaid). CHIP can help with routine doctor visits, prescriptions, dental, eye visits and more. For more information and how to enroll, please visit the link below.

Child Care Works

This subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Early Learning Resource Center located in your county. For more information, please visit the link below.

Pennsylvania Promise for Children (PA Promise)

PA Promise is a campaign to help you and your child with early learning and help you find quality early learning programs that are right for you. The Pennsylvania Office of Early Learning and Development (OCDEL) is the primary partner in PA Promise. This is also another great resource for state government financial programs.

Pennsylvania United Ways

Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties (Capital Region)

To get help in the Capital Region, dial 2-1-1.

Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.  It is free and confidential.

For other counties, please see below.

Be sure to visit the Resources section for assistance where you live.