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 working poor families and their children to early education and development programs.  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.  

To accomplish the mission, CAPPA:

  • Advocates for changes to law and regulations that will further the mission of the Association. 
  • Respects and supports the contribution of all parts of the early care and education system with the end outcome of supporting parental choice in securing child care. 
  • Educates state and federal legislative/stakeholders regarding the necessity of local public and private APPs dedicated to keeping families working while children are learning. 
  • Collaborates with legislative, regulatory, community-based organizations, centers, providers and parents to ensure that working families receive the highest level of support of which they are eligible. 
  • Facilitates active communication and interactive dialogue amongst all APPs, county social service agencies, state and federal administrative agencies, centers, providers and parents regarding breaking information, best practices, shared concerns, and continual dynamics of change.
  • Serves as a repository of data and information for all stakeholders needing detailed information on CalWORKs, general child care, and need for child care within the state.

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CAPPA and the CAPPA Children's Foundation are committed to protecting and supporting working families and children from birth on with child care subsidies and access to California's rich early care and educational opportunities. To provide our earliest learners with the most advantageous outcomes, we must be vigilant in educating legislators that the votes and policies they make today will directly impact the lives of our children for decades to come.

Your generous gifts of support, past and future, are greatly valued as serious investments in furthering the work we do for working families.  Please share our vision for a better future for our children, continue to be our partner, and invest in our efforts.


Latest News

To see the most up to date breaking  state and federal news related to our programs and funding, go to CAPPA's Facebook Page

 Find your Legislator HERE.


  • MB 15-02: Fiscal Year 2014–15 Program Self-Evaluation
  • 2016-18 Child Care and Development (CCDF) State Plan submissions extended until March 1, 2016  
  • See More CDE updates Here.


Upcoming Events

  • CAPPA Regional Technical Assistance Trainings-Spring 2015
    Register Today!
  • Conference Call on the Governor's May Revise
    May 15, 10am-11am
    Register Here
  • Save the Date!
    CAPPA Regional Forum
    July 22, 2015
    Pomona Unified School District
  • 2015 Joint Annual Conference
    October 21-23. 2015
    Visit the Conference Webpage for more information
  • ALL NEW- CAPPA Children's Foundation 2015 Center Webinar Series
              Find More Information and Register Here.

CAPPA Updates

  • CAPPA Members-Visit the Members Only Section on the CAPPA Website for access to newsletter archives, Insights and Advocacy archives and a Best Practices Library. Email CAPPA@cappaonline.com to get your log-in information.

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