Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Childcare and Parent Services

The Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program assists no to low income families with the cost of child care. Currently, a partnership between the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Division of Human Services (DHS) ensures that CAPS eligibility determination and on-going case management are available in all 159 counties. Families may apply for subsidized child care at

Early learning programs that participate in the CAPS program are expected to comply with the CAPS policy manual at Currently, a partnership between DECAL and MAXIMUS ensures timely issuance of provider payments and provider compliance. If providers have payment related questions or concerns, they may contact MAXIMUS at 1.877.755.6522.

For specific information about the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program visit You may also contact the CAPS State Unit office for general CAPS questions at

NOTE: Families with children attending a Georgia lottery funded Pre-K program must complete the Pre-K referral form in addition to applying for CAPS online at for after school assistance. The Pre-K Referral Form can be found below.

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