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Applying for Child Care Assistance

August 13, 2012
A child care provider helps a pre-schooler sculpt a clay animal.

To ensure that children around the state are well taken care of, the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program offers low-income families subsidies to pay for quality child care. CAPS covers costs for children 12 and younger; it also assists parents with special needs children up to age 17.

To be considered for the program, you must be a state resident, meet income requirements and participate in an approved activity, such as: 

  • Working at least 30 hours per week
  • Attending a vocational school an average of 24 hours per week (for up to one year)
  • Combining employment and vocational school attendance for an average of 24 hours per week (for up to one year)
  • Attending middle school, high school or GED courses full time, if you're not yet 21 years of age. 

If you're solely pursuing a four-year degree or graduate degree, your family is not eligible to receive assistance. 

Once you're approved for assistance, you'll choose your child care provider. If you'd like help finding eligible CAPS care providers, call 1-877-ALL GA KIDS (1-877-255-4254).

To learn more about CAPS, review detailed forms and a comprehensive policy guide, read frequently asked questions and visit Georgia COMPASS to apply for the program.