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Legislative and Budget Priorities

CAPPA Policy Principles: Rebuilding in 2017-2018

The California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) will set policies and take actions on issues based on securing the most advantageous outcomes for working families and children.  We are committed to working collaboratively towards greater access for parents to choose early care and educational programs that best support family stability while leading to greater academic outcomes for our earliest learners.  We believe the best outcomes for parents and children are achieved when delivery of services is provided via California’s 40 plus year mixed delivery system.

To achieve the best outcomes for working families and children:

  1. CAPPA supports parental choice of all child care and early learning environments that best meet family needs of parents working AND children learning.
  1. CAPPA will take actions to support revenues that increase access for all children to child care and early learning programs; and to contribute support of strong workforce of early care and education providers and teachers.
  1. CAPPA supports working with the California Department of Education (CDE) to continue streamlining funding and reduce contract barriers in order to create an effective delivery system that values superior operations, program integrity, quality, and maximizes resources allocated in the federal and California child care delivery systems.
  1. CAPPA supports use of technology to maximize resources that best serves the needs of working families and children, to reduce unfunded mandates, and to protect program integrity and compliance with state and federal requirements.
  1. CAPPA supports utilization of California’s existing 40 plus year mixed delivery system of Alternative Payment Programs (APPs), Resource & Referral agencies, high quality Title 5 centers, Family Child Care Home Education Networks (FCCHENs), family child care providers and small business early care and education providers have shown time and time again to meet the needs of working families and to meet the needs of our earliest learners. 

In order to realize the outcomes noted above, the 2017-2018 goal for CAPPA is:

       To strengthen community based public and private nonprofits created to meet the unique economic, linguistic, cultural and geographical needs of California’s working families’ with the resources needed to ensure parents are supported with access to child care as well as host of other services needed to break down the barriers of poverty; while supporting a pathway towards self-sufficiency and stability.