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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.  

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The fundamental work of the Child & Family Services Division is distinct and focuses on the period of life where the foundation for future success is built; ages zero to five. It's the time when the brain grows the most, where support and early intervention makes a huge difference for children and their families, and where the investments you make pay off. Child & Family Services gives children a head start in school, work, and life by educating children, supporting parents, and developing the professionals who work with them. Click here to read more. 

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Your membership in CAPPA is one of the best investments you can make in your business. Don't wait another minute! Join or renew today and take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Lend your voice to CAPPA's advocacy and get first-hand information about the state of child care issues in California.

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Latest News

2019-20 State Budget Signed!

CDE Updates: 

Monday Morning Update: July 15, 2019

NEW! Renew your Annual Support of CAPPA Today! Click Here for more information. 

Resources newly added to the CAPPA Members-only website! Visit this website Here.

    • 2019 CAPPA Member Webinar Series- Enrollment Overview: Welcome to the Alternative Payment Program Just Added!
    • Final CAPPA Branding materials added to the Member's only site. APP logo, one-pager and info graphic.  
    • Visit the CAPPA Member's Only website for more information on this program and others available to CAPPA Members.  

Child Care and Early Learning Master Calendar: The CAPPA Board has made it a priority to support our field with a coordinated calendar to note upcoming statewide conferences, federal conferences of relevance, CDE and DSS stakeholder meetings, legislative and budget deadlines and hearings. Click here to see the calendar.