The California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) requires submission of a child care application to determine need and eligibility for low-income eligible families. This program is funded by the California Department of Education (CDE). CAPP is a parental choice program. Parents may choose a licensed child care center, a licensed family child care provider, or a license-exempt provider like a family, friend, or neighbor. License-exempt providers must meet program requirements before approval is granted. Children 12 years of age and younger are eligible for child care services.
Who is eligible for payment assistance?
To receive payment assistance for subsidized child care and development services, families must meet eligibility and need criteria and be able to show that they live and/or work in Kern County. Eligibility is determined by the family size and the family’s total gross income. Need is established when parents or guardians are employed, seeking employment, attending an accredited educational/vocational school, job training, homelessness, or incapacitation. Incapacitation must be verified by a legal or licensed qualified professional.
Neglected or abused children who are recipients of Child Protective Services, or children who are at risk of being neglected or abused, upon written referral from a legal, medical, or social services agency are also eligible for child care and development services. For more information please call (661) 861-5200.
CCCC Eligibility List
Once a completed application is received, families are placed on the CCCC Eligibility List and ranked according to their family size and income. Families with the lowest rank number are served first as required by the CDE. Click here to review ranking levels.
Families are selected from the CCCC Eligibility List as funds become available. Submitting an application does not guarantee families will receive child care services. Families are not selected on a first come, first served basis.
It is important for families on the Eligibility List to update CCCC with current information. Make sure CCCC has a current phone number and mailing address where a parent/guardian can be reached or where a message can be left. Please call (661) 861-5200 or (877) 861-5200 to update your child care application.
Child Care Application
Community Connection for Child Care
2000 K Street, Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93301
You may call (661) 861-5200 or toll free (877) 861-5200 to have an application mailed to you. Please return your application to the above address.