Child care can be expensive, and finding safe and high-quality child care at an affordable price can be difficult. That’s why the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program exists.
The CAPS program supports early education goals by assisting low income families with the cost of child care while they work, go to school or training, or participate in other work-related activities.
The purpose of CAPS is threefold:
- Provide access to high quality and affordable early learning environments for families who are considered low income.
- Support DECAL's efforts in increasing positive school readiness outcomes.
- Assist families in achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency by providing financial supports for child care costs.
CAPS is administered by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.
Effective December 18, 2017, ALL components of the CAPS program transferred from the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) to the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). This transfer from DFCS to DECAL did not affect the financial support provided by CAPS because the program's policies and reimbursement systems remain the same.
At DECAL, we have envisioned the CAPS program as a strong component of the early education system – so instead of receiving "certificates" for child care, families will receive CAPS "scholarships," and CAPS becomes an important pathway to ensure access to high quality child care for CAPS families.
Under DECAL, families will interact with two main units of the CAPS program. The Scholarship Administration unit, based in Atlanta, works with new applicants to determine eligibility for the program and help select high quality child care.
Consultants with the Family Support unit will be assigned to families who live in their region of the state. These Family Support Consultants will work with and advocate for families, will help families if their situation changes, will assist families with renewing their benefits, and will connect families with resources to help overcome obstacles to training or employment.