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CAPS Program Overview

The Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program is designed to help low income families afford safe quality child care. The CAPS program is administered in all 159 Georgia counties by the local county Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS).

Families must be a resident of Georgia and apply for the CAPS program online at www.compass.ga.gov. The CAPS program can subsidize the cost of child care for children who are US citizens or legal residents and under age 13. The age can be extended to 18 if the child has special needs.

Families that qualify for the CAPS program can choose their own child care provider. The CAPS program will reimburse authorized child care providers up to a certain amount. Most eligible families share in the cost of care by paying a fee based on their income, family size and the number of children receiving child care subsidies. This fee is paid directly to the child care provider.

Please note that policies and procedures in the Childcare and Parent Services program are subject to change.

Child Care and Parent Services Funding

The CAPS program receives funds from both the state and federal government. If funding is not available, Georgia COMPASS will report that funding for the program has been exhausted. Only people meeting the priority qualifications will be eligible for services once the funding has exhausted. Those seeking childcare services should check Georgia COMPASS periodically for notification when funding becomes available.