Child Care and Parent Services

The Child Care and Parent Services (CAPS) program subsidizes the cost of child care for eligible low-income families living in Georgia. A partnership between the Division of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) ensures CAPS program initial eligibility determination and ongoing case management are available to families living in all 159 counties.

To apply for subsidized child care through the CAPS program, families must be a resident of the state of Georgia and meet program eligibility requirements. Georgians can apply for child care online via Georgia COMPASS at www.compass.ga.gov. An account must be created which allows families to check the status of their application and renew their benefits online.

Effective August 1, 2016 a statewide funding restriction was implemented in the CAPS program to meet mandates by the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. To maintain the state’s CAPS funding without terminating child care assistance to families currently participating in the program, it became necessary to prioritize new families applying for CAPS assistance based on specific needs. New families must meet eligibility requirements AND meet the criteria of a priority group as defined in CAPS policy to be approved for child care assistance. Families currently participating in the CAPS program will continue to be served as long as eligibility requirements are met.

  • New families must meet eligibility requirements AND meet the criteria of a priority group as defined in CAPS policy to be approved for child care assistance. 
  • Families currently participating in the CAPS program will continue to be served as long as eligibility requirements are met.

Additional information about the CAPS program including a list of the priority groups and eligibility requirements can be viewed at www.CAPS.decal.ga.gov.