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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.

2018-2019 Agency Application


As we enter into 2018-19, we are anticipating a sizeable infusion of both state and unexpected federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) monies.  For the first time since the recession, California is poised to secure more child care slots for our families and children.  CAPPA anticipates building on the increase in child care slots with a surge of momentum in early 2019 to pursue an increase in provider rates.  It is also our intent to “double-down” and underscore the necessity of having our programs and our providers interwoven into any statewide efforts to expand transitional kindergarten and preschool for all efforts.   

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

  • Advocacy for securing full-time child care slots 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;
  • Development of a branding strategy that more clearly articulates who we are and the case management supports we provide to families moving towards self-sufficiency;
  • 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-newsletter 50 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.  Finally, the CAPPA staff support agencies with transfers of one times monies between agencies in different counties thus maximizing the number of families that can be served in a contract year; peer-to-peer communications allowing for the sharing and networking of information in our electronic world; and personal attention 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:

  • Greater coordination of one-time transfers of funding coupled with greater oversight of state budget projections and timely release of agency augmentations.
  • 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!  --- This partnership will result in a reduced overall cost for attendees to participate and 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
  • Much much more!!

On behalf of our 2017-18 board members and our new infusion of 2018-2019 board members, we the CAPPA Board and as your colleague in the field, 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 a commitment from each member to help our families and programs advocate effectively through CAPPA. 


The CAPPA Board of Directors