CalWORKs Stage 2 Alternative Payment (C2AP)
The C2AP program subsidizes child care for low-income families that meet the state required eligibility conditions described immediately below ("Family Eligibility for C2AP) and also meet the need criteria.
Access to C2AP
The C2AP program is accessed through a referral from DPSS or by contacting Crystal Stairs, Inc. at (323) 421-1028.
Family Eligibility for C2AP (CCR Title 5 18406)
Families are eligible for C2AP child care funding if they meet ALL of the following criteria: The family is and remains income eligible The parent or minor teen is responsible for the care of the children needing child care services AND is:
- A former CalWORKs cash aid recipient and is in the 24th month of eligibility for CalWORKs Stage 1 and/or 2 after leaving CalWORKs cash aid OR
- A diversion services recipient and is in the 24th month of eligibility for CalWORKs Stage 1 and/or Stage 2 child care services
Parents currently receiving cash aid MUST be employed or participating in an approved welfare-to-work activity.
Parents not currently receiving cash aid MUST meet the need criteria
Children's Eligibility for C2AP (CCR Title 5 18407)
Children living in the household of the eligible family may receive C2AP child care services if they are:
- A son or daughter of the eligible family
- Under the age of 13, or under the age of 21 if they have exceptional needs
- Receiving foster care benefits, federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or State Supplemental Program (SSP) benefits OR
- The responsibility of the adult to support and the lack of child care services for the children would result in the adult not being able to work or to participate in an approved welfare-to-work activity.
Duration of Eligibility for C2AP (CCR Title 5 18408)
Families on the C2AP program remain categorically eligible and will continue to receive child care services based on the following criteria:
- The family continues to meet eligibility and need criteria
- Former CalWORKs cash aid recipients who meet eligibility and need criteria are eligible to receive child care services for 24 months after the parents are no longer receiving CalWORKs cash aid
- Families receiving diversion services who meet eligibility and need criteria are eligible to receive child care services for 24 months after they have been determined eligible for diversion services
The 24 month time limit for Stage 2 begins on the first day of the month immediately following the month that the parents are no longer receiving CalWORKs cash aid, or on the first day of the month immediately following the month the parents are determined eligible for diversion services.