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CAPS Updates Take Effect

August 1, 2016 marked an important change in CAPS (Child Care and Parent Services) funding.

CAPS subsidies are authorized through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), and they have been used to help families afford quality child care.  The changes come as a result of CCDF guideline updates and state needs assessment.

Families currently receiving CAPS will continue to receive assistance.  New families must meet eligibility guidelines and fall into at least one of the following priority groups:

  • TANF applicants and recipients
  • children in DFCS custody or in Child Protective Services
  • minor parents in school
  • grandparents raising grandchildren
  • children with special needs
  • children in Georgia’s Pre-K Program requiring extended care
  • victims of a natural disaster

Effective October 1, 2016, additional priority groups will be:

  • persons who are considered homeless
  • persons experiencing domestic violence
  • families with very low income

The CAPS website has devoted space to eligibility questions.

Additional subsidy and support information can be found at ALL GA KIDS.

post by: Jason Jacobs
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