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.  

Featured Agency of the Month!

California Alternative Payment Programs (APPs)- Lifting families and children up is the North Star that is our compass for the work that we do.
For each month in 2019, an agency was profiled to showcase their work and services being delivered within their respective county and/ or community. 
Here are the unique CAPPA Member Agencies profiled in 2019.  Click here to learn more!


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Latest News

NEW!  Beginning FY 2019-20, this handbook will no longer be referenced as the Greenbook and will now be referenced as the
Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) Fiscal Handbook.
The updated CDNFS Fiscal Handbook is available on the Child Development Web Page Here.

Monday Morning Update: December 9, 2019

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, newly posted:  NEW! Best Practices for Program Integrity (Fraud Prevention)  
    • 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.