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 Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE), Early Care & Education Programs (ECEP) was first conceived under the name of Child Development Services (CDS) back in 1979 with the Child Care Resource & Referral Program, a single $50,000 contract, which consisted of one and a half staff and a small office within the ICOE. Thirty-nine years later, with a name change back in 2009, ECEP has grown into an $18 million program holding eighteen contracts, growing steadily every year, with over 120 staff, (8) Head Start, (4) Early Head Start serving 368 children, and (12) State preschool sites serving 479 children, including (1) blended program. Click here to read more. 

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Latest News

Monday Morning Update: February 11, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom releases his 2019-20 Proposed Budget. Visit CAPPA's Budget page for up-to-date information!

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

    • NEW! 2019 CAPPA Member Webinar Series- Webinar on Supervision for the Gentle in Spirit just added!
    • Final CAPPA Branding materials added to the Member's only site. APP logo, one-pager and info graphic.  
    • CAPPA Member Benefit: Travel and Entertainment Discounts.

      Save up to 40% on theme parks, movies and shows!  
      Visit the CAPPA Member's Only website for more information on this program and others available to CAPPA Members.  

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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.