“Children Learning, Parents Earning, Communities Growing"

Agency Membership

Any contractor with the California Department of Education or the Department of Social Services or a subcontractor of either Department is qualified for Membership if there is a direct contractual relationship with the California Department of Education or the Department of Social Services or a subcontractor of either Department for the administration of an alternative payment program or CalWORKs. 

CAPPA membership fees are based on your total your MRA (fiscal year 2017-2018) from agency programs.

2019-2020 Agency Application


As we enter into 2019-2020, we are pleased that there has been put a focus on building up California’s child care and early education mixed delivery system.  We are encouraged that California’s new governor and the Legislative Women’s Caucus prioritized funding for programs that support working families along with paid family leave and addressing the stressors of poverty and homelessness.  CAPPA anticipates strengthened partnerships focused on lifting up all parts of our child care delivery system, securing ongoing new spaces for children of working families and maximizing the continued continuity of care for children.  Concurrently, prioritized to make this happen is an investment and value of all providers that have made a career out of supporting the most needed amongst us. 

To help CAPPA maximize the most advantageous outcomes for our programs, your CAPPA Board of Directors has been proactive in the midst of pursing an aggressive advocacy agenda.  The agenda includes:

  • Advocacy for securing full-time voucher child care spaces that truly meet the needs of our working families; and full-time meaning more than six hours per day;
  • Advocacy to secure onetime funding that agencies can access to improve technology and infrastructure and better support families;
  • Coordinated development of a streamlined rate system that recognizes regional differences;
  • Strengthened partnership with  the California Department of Education focused on delivery of transparent and consistent information for contractors and trainings coordinated to support both our contractors
    and field consultants hearing the same information. 

But we cannot make the all of this happen without your membership dues. 

In addition to the above, CAPPA puts out the CAPPA Monday Morning e-newsletter50 weeks per year.  We have developed an expansive website dedicated to supporting our field with up-to-date information on coalition advocacy partnership opportunities, budget and legislation, agency best practices, and more.  CAPPA also supports you by representing agency specific, and child care and early education information to individual legislators, committees, state departments, and to a host of stakeholders including the California Chamber of Commerce, First 5, Early Education and Support Division of CDE, California welfare departments, and many more.  The CAPPA staff provide ongoing and consistent support to agencies in areas such as the development of Best Practices, responding to inquiries, facilitating regional trainings and information sharing, and simply being there to help remedy a number of issues agencies encounter via the everyday operations of supporting families.  

Additionally, a built-in benefit of being a CAPPA member is having CAPPA staff located in Sacramento.  Because of this, CAPPA can immediately provide our agencies  a voice and presence before federal and state agencies, legislators, policy committees and their staff, as well as with our sister organizations, county and county welfare systems,  and broader organizations.  However, it is only with your support and participation as a member that makes it all work! 

Given the number of programs in California and the numbers of families that are served by our programs it is vitally important that CAPPA continue to be a strong and consistent voice for our programs and for the families and children that our programs support. To help ensure CAPPA and its members continue to be effective and instrumental in shaping and maximizing the services to our families, renewal of your membership is key. 

With your continued support CAPPA will continue to deliver all of the above in addition to:

  • More member only legislative, budget and regulatory conference calls and materials.
  • More best practices and topic focused hosted “conversations” about issues important to our agencies.
  • Once again offering a Joint Annual Conference --- in partnership with the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network!
  • A CAPPA Monday Morning e-Newsletter that details what CAPPA is doing for you, articles from elected legislators/ officials and field leaders specifically wanting to communicate with CAPPA members.
  • Reinvention of regional networking and meetings facilitated by CAPPA board members and agency leaders.
  • An APP ONLY mid-year focused training in partnership with CDE
  • An APP ONLY fiscal and audit preparation training
  • Input to the development of the new GAU Review Guide (Anticipated to be released with the new 12-month regulations in October 2019)
  • Access to CAPPA’s member’s only website, where we host best practices, Informational materials to educate your organization’s Board of Directors and local leaders and much more!
  • New for 2019! CAPPA Member Webinar Series- Take advantage of educational offerings through CAPPA’s Webinar Series without leaving your office!
  • Keep up-to-date on the bills that are important to our field with CAPPA's extensive bill tracking system. This database is updated daily.
  • Access to Member-Only Discounted Purchasing Programs- programs include, hotel discounts, office supplies, travel and entertainment!
  • Much much more!!

On behalf of the CAPPA Board of Directors, we ask that you join us again to support CAPPA with your membership and your participation.  The real strength of CAPPA comes from a membership that is united, a strong voice that reflects our community realities and diversities.  


The CAPPA Board of Directors