Established in 1977, the California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) was created to serve as a voice for a mixed delivery system of public and private community based agencies dedicated to connecting poor families and their children to child care and early learning.  Agencies contract with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to distribute federal and state child care and development subsidies (vouchers) for CalWORKs and eligible working poor families.   Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) support hundreds of thousands of working families and children by ensuring parental choice of child focused programs meets both parent needs of working and child needs of learning.  

April 8, 2024

Community based public and private Alternative Payment Programs (APPs) support the needs of working moms and dads with access to child care and other supports earmarked to lift families up from poverty. During the pandemic, these programs have distributed emergency essential worker child care vouchers, family child care and center stipends & PPE, diapers, food and clothing.  
See how Stanislaus County Office of Education- Child & Family Services is supporting the needs of family child care providers and families in Stanislaus County.

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Latest News (Updated 3/11/24)

  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-24 Enrollment, Attendance, and Fiscal Reporting and Reimbursement Procedures for Child Care and Development Contracts, otherwise known as the Child Care Fiscal Handbook, has been posted to the Child Care and Development Fiscal Resources webpage.
  • CCB 24-04 (March 8, 2024)Implementation Of The New Part-Time And Full-Time Definitions For Reimbursement
  • CCB 24-03 (March 1, 2024) Program Self-Evaluation For Fiscal Year 2023-2024
  • RELEASED February 22, 2024: Child Development Management Information System (CDMIS) Update Regarding New Reason Codes U (CSPP Early Enrollment) and V (Means-Tested Government Program) Read more here.
  • CCB 24-02:  Child Care Providers United – California (CCPU) Access to Preservice Meetings and Orientations
  • TFC will be hosting all budget related information here State Budget (cappaonline.com).  We will keep this link updated and post information as released.

  • Child Care for CA Campaign

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