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Your membership in CAPPA is one of the best investments you can make in your business. Don't wait another minute! Join or renew today and take advantage of all the benefits of membership. Lend your voice to CAPPA's advocacy and get first-hand information about the state of child care issues in California.

2020-21 has created unprecedented challenges for our field.  We have been experiencing constant change in the short term that may become our new normal in this next fiscal year. 

During these times of uncertainty, CAPPA is increasing support to our members every step of the way.  We have asked of our CAPPA team to be available, to be flexible and simply to be there when needed.  As member agencies, we rely on each other for ideas and peer support.  Together we have a rich history with our field to rise to the challenge of obstacles put in our way and to be with you to overcome those obstacles.  Moving forward, our resolve has not been weakened, but strengthened.

In this next year, we know that our agencies, our staffs’ and the families and children we support will be stretched thin.  Based on what we are experiencing now, and hearing from you on what you need from CAPPA, I will commit to you that ongoing and consistent information will become our norm.  For as long as the uncertainty exists, CAPPA will commit to at least weekly opportunities for our agencies to come together.    

To help CAPPA maximize the most advantageous outcomes for our programs, your CAPPA Board of Directors is committing its staff and resources to pursuing strong positioning in California’s budget conversations.  We are committed to giving a voice to our 45 plus year delivery infrastructure of child care to working families.   We will be strong in our messaging that the fragile families we support rely on us to be there in their time of need.  Further, we will also highlight the fact that it is our family case workers relationships with these families and are uniquely positioned to provide information to them on a number of different supports.   

But we cannot make all of this happen without your membership dues. 

In addition to the above, CAPPA will continue to put 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 Learning and Care Division of CDE, California welfare departments, and many more.  The CAPPA staff provide ongoing and consistent support to agencies in areas such as the development of Best Practices, responding to inquiries, facilitating regional trainings and information sharing, and simply being there 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 support CAPPA will continue to deliver all of the above in addition to:

  • 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.
  • Access to a Member’s Only website, where we host Best Practices, webinars, informational calls and member discounts on hotels, travel, office supplies and more!
  • Keep up-to-date on the bills that are important to our field with CAPPA's extensive bill tracking system. This database is updated daily.
  • 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.
  • A fiscal and audit preparation training
  • An Annual Conference, hosted jointly with the CA Child Care Resource and Referral Network- Virtual Format this year!
  • Much much more!!

On behalf of the CAPPA Board of Directors, we 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 diversities.  

Membership Types

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.

2020-2021 Agency Application


  • Entities providing services and/or products to the contractors that support parents and families that are accessing early care and education programs and services.
  • Subsidized early care and education businesses including but not limited to fiduciary, payment systems, provider associations, early care and education advocates, governmental entities, foundations, not-for-profit organizations, as well as for profit interests.

2020-2021 Affiliate Application
2020-2021 Affiliate Member Benefit Chart

Center Members are owners and managers of early care and education centers throughout California.  

2020-2021 Center Application

Individual with no affiliation to the above.

2020-2021 Individual Application

Become a Member

To become a CAPPA Member and be a part of a worthwhile and meaningful association, please complete the application for your membership type.  For questions regarding membership or how to complete the form, please contact Danielle Metzger, Meeting & Education Coordinator, at [email protected] or (916) 567-6797.