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Georgia’s Child Care Assistance Program ( CAPS)

Reauthorization to Child Care Development Block Grant ( CCDBG) and Impact to CAPS


On November 19, 2014, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014 into law. This action reauthorizes the law governing CCDF for the first time since 1996 and represents an historic re-envisioning of the program. 


Under the new law, States must establish eligibility policies, including a period of at least 12 months before eligibility is re-determined, that promote continuity of care for children and families.  


Additionally, States must: ensure that  health and safety requirements address key areas (such as first aid and CPR); require that providers receive training in these areas; complete comprehensive criminal background checks; and conduct monitoring that includes annual inspections. 


The new law increases the minimum amount that States are required to spend for quality activities, and includes new funding for improving the quality of care for infants and toddlers. To improve the health and safety of available child care, CCDF lead agencies provide training, grants and loans to providers; improved monitoring; compensation projects; and other innovative programs.


Each state must write a plan in response to the federal government's mandates and how they will meet a host of criteria by specific due dates.  


The CCDBG funds the CAPS programs so in order to access the money, states must comply with the host of new requirements.  There was no additional money from the federal government that accompanied the new regulations.


                   View Georgia's Plan and CCDF Response


Georgia's Plan's Plan: The Good News and The Bad News


  Rate Increase Effective 10/1/16, Increase in Tiered Reimbursement ,Decrease in Parent Co-Payments, Funding Freeze Effective 8/1/16 and Increased Training Requirements and Regulations!


Beginning August 1, 2016, Georgia will institute a statewide funding restriction for the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program. On that date only applicants who meet eligibility requirements AND who are a member of a priority group as defined in CAPS policy will be approved to receive child care assistance. 


CAPS policy defines priority groups as people who demonstrate the greatest need for child care assistance. A list of priority groups and the eligibility requirements can be viewed here


Here is a Questions and Answers from DECAL .


We are very concerned for providers and families that there has been no further allocation of funds to accompany the increase of rates.  GCCA, along with a host of advocates is actively seeking funding increases.  We strongly believe in the need for this rate increase, but we must also have access to quality care!



The good news as mentioned is that market rates will go up for ALL providers and families!  Currently rates are utilized from the 2007 market survey which has kept child care rates suppressed and not allowed providers to offset the rising costs and pay for quality enhancements.


DECAL will be using the 2013 market survey to establish rates.  This will be a significant increase.   Please review the current market survey and use the 50% percentile to understand the increases.


                                          Market Rates 2013   


Tiered reimbursement rates will increase for Quality Rated 1, 2 or 3 star centers so that they will receive an incremental 5, 10 or 25% on top of the new market rates effective 10/1/16 to pay for higher quality. 



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State by State Facts Sheets of Child Care Assistance Policies

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