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CAPS Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for subsidized child care? 

2. How do I qualify for subsidized child care?

3. Who do I contact to find out information about my Child Care case or application?

4. How can I locate a child care provider?

5. How can I become a child care provider?

6. How can I apply for funds to help start or improve my child care program?

 

To apply for subsidized child care (CAPS program) in Georgia, families must be a resident of the state of Georgia. Georgians are now able to apply for child care online with Georgia COMPASS at www.compass.ga.gov. Georgia COMPASS allows customers to check their potential eligibility and apply for child care online. Customers, who create an account in Georgia COMPASS, can check the status of their application online and renew their benefits.

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To qualify for subsidized child care (CAPS) in Georgia, families must have an eligible child (under age 13 unless special needs); meet income requirements and the responsible adult(s) must participate in an approved activity. Click here for addition information regarding income guidelines and activity requirements.

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To find out information about your Child Care case or application call 1-877-423-4746.  Please select #2 for Division of Family and Children Services and follow the prompts for Child Care.

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Families participating in the CAPS program can choose their own child care provider as long as the provider meets CAPS requirements and is authorize to operate by the state child care licensing agency. For information about providers licensed by the state click here.


If families need assistance locating affordable, quality child care, they should call 1-877-ALL GA KIDS (1-877-255-4254). Families will speak to staff trained to help them connect with child care providers in their area who are licensed or registered, convenient to their home or work and within the family’s budget. Staff will also provide information and advice on how to select quality child care. For addition information about ALL GA KIDS, click here to visit their website.

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To find out how to become a licensed or registered child care provider, contact Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning at 1-888-442-7735 or click here to visit their website.

To become a provider in the CAPS programs, providers must be chosen by an eligible parent. The child care provider will be notified of enrollment process and required documents. Providers should also register with their local childcare resource and referral (R&R) agency. The R&R agencies keep a list of providers to link to parents who are looking for childcare. Click here for additional information about R&R agency in your area.

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To find out information about potential funding opportunities to assist with child care programs, contact Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning at 1-888-442-7735 or click here to visit their website.

Additional funding opportunities may also be available through the child care resource and referral agency. Click here to locate the R&R agency for your area.

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