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, the Children's Foundation and Rebuilding Child Care 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.


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April 4th: LAO Report: Restructuring California's Child Care and Development System

  • MB 14-02:  Enrolling and reporting Children in California State Preschool Programs
  • Stakeholder Questionnaire Summary
  • The Child Development Division (CDD) will now be referred to the Early Education and Support Division (EESD)
  • See More Management Bulletins Here.

Upcoming Events

  • April 2014 Webinar: The ABCs of Advocacy in Early Education
    To learn more, and to register, Click Here.
  • May 20, 2014: CAPPA Training- Legislation, Politics and Trends and May Revise Discussion.
    Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Downtown Sacramento

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  • September 17-19, 2014: Network and CAPPA Annual Conference
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  • ALL NEW- CAPPA Children's Foundation 2014 Center Webinar Series
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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.
  • CAPPA and UPS partner to save CAPPA members money!
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