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!

Crystal Stairs, Inc.  (CSI) was founded in 1980 by Dr. Karen Hill-Scott and Dr. Alice Duff, who recognized the value and need for high quality early care and education programs for children from low-income families.  For forty years, Crystal Stairs, Inc. has been a trusted community partner and institution. CSI is also one of the largest, private non-profit child care and development corporations in California and the largest alternative payment provider in Los Angeles County.  Click here to learn more.

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NEW! Governor Newsom Proposes 2020-21 State Budget. Visit CAPPA Budget page for more details.

Monday Morning Update: January 20, 2020

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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.