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 Education (CDE) 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 5, 2021

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. Throughout California, these APPs may also support parental choice to CalWORKs Stages 2 & 3, preschool and center-based programs, general child care, After School Education and Safety (ASES), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHENs), transportation, behavioral & mental health services, respite, regional centers, health and safety, 21st Century, resource libraries, and Trustline.  Click Here for an informational highlight from Del Norte Child Care Council supporting the needs of family child care providers and families in their community. 

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Latest News

  • NEW! Assembly Bill 82 — Stipend Guidance

  • Release of the Draft version of the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) 2022-2024 State Plan
    The CDE has released a draft version of the 2022-24 CCDF State Plan on the CCDF State Plan web page at
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/stateplan.asp for public review. Individuals can submit written comments regarding
    the draft plan during the 30-day public comment period beginning March 15, 2021, through  April 13, 2021, via the
    dedicated email box [email protected].

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