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Stage 3 Eligibility Information

CalWORKs Stage 3 Alternative Payment (C3AP)
The C3AP program subsidizes child care for low income families that meet the state required eligibility conditions described immediately below (see "Family Eligibility for C3AP") and also meet the need criteria

Access to C3AP
The C3AP program can be accessed ONLY:

  • Through a transfer from Stage 2 (C2AP) OR
  • From another child care agency's Stage 3 program

Family Eligibility for C3AP (CCR Title 5 18421)
Families are eligible for C3AP child care funding if ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • The family is and remains income eligible
  • The family meets the need criteria 
  • 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

Children's Eligibility for C3AP (CCR Title 5 18422)
Children living in the household of the eligible family may receive C3AP child care services if the children 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), 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 C3AP (CCR Title 5 18423)
Families on the C3AP program have no time limits for receiving child care services as long as:

  • Funding is available AND
  • The family continues to meet eligibility and need criteria OR
  • As long as funding is available and Crystal Stairs receives a referral from someone licensed in the State of California to perform legal, medical, health, or social services for the general public certifying that the eligible children in the family are eligible for Child Protective Services.

Child Care Assistance Program Eligibility Information

 The CDE subsidized child care programs administered by Crystal Stairs are designed to offer families access to quality child care and development services that best meet each family's needs.

Before services are approved, parents MUST provide documentation of the family's eligibility and of the need for child care services. After services are approved, parents choose an eligible child care provider that offers the appropriate services and meets the family's needs.

California Alternative PaymentProgram (CAPP)
The CAPP subsidizes child care for low-income families that meet state required eligibility conditions described immediately below ("Family Eligibility for CAPP") and also meet need criteria (see section "Documenting the Need for Child Care Services," in the Parent Handbook). These families may or may not have received a welfare cash grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).

Access to CAPP
Parents and families gain access to CAPP in these ways:

  • Through the Crystal Stairs Child Care Waiting List 
  • Through a referral from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for Child Protective Services (CPS), OR
  • Through an At-Risk (of abuse, neglect, or exploitation) referral from a licensed professional

Family Eligibility for CAPP
Families are eligible for CAPP child care funding if ALL of the following conditions are met:

  • The children receiving services reside in the state of California
  • The family meets the need criteria
  • The family is eligible based on least one of the following criteria:

A. Income eligibility: a family's adjusted monthly income is at or below 70 percent of the state median income, adjusted for family size.
B. Receiving public cash assistance documented by one of following:

  • A current Notice of Action (NOA) from the county welfare department
  • A letter from the county welfare department indicating that the parent is a current aid receipient
  • A printout from the county welcare department database, GAIN Employment Activity and Reporting System (GEARS); parents can ask their Family Services Specialist to obtain this printout for them

C. Family has a written referral from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for Child Protective Services (CPS) dated within six months of the application for services with a statement from the local county welfare department child welfare services worker certifying that:

  • The child is receiving CPS AND
  • Child care and development services are a necessary component of the CPS service plan
  • The statement MUST also include:
    • The probable duration of the CPS service plan AND
    • The name, address, phone number, and signature of the county child welfare services worker

D. A written At-Risk (of abuse, neglect, or exploitation) referral with a statement from someone licensed in the State of California to perform legal, medical, health, or social services for the general public certifying that:

  • The child is at risk of abuse and neglect AND
  • Child care and development services are needed to reduce or eliminate the risk
  • The statement MUST also include:
    • The possible duration of the At-Risk situation AND
    • The name, address, phone number, and signature of the legally qualified professional making the referral

 

E. Family is homeless. Homelessness MUST be documented by:
EITHER a written referral from an emergency shelter or other legal, medical or social service agency OR
• A written parental declaration that the family is homeless and a statement describing the family's living situation

Children's Eligibility for CAPP
Children living in the household of the eligible family may receive CAPP child care services if they are:
EITHER under the age of 13 OR
• Under the age of 21 if they have exceptional needs

Duration of Eligibility for CAPP
Families on the CAPP program have no time limits for receiving child care services as long as:
• Funding is available AND
• The family continues to meet eligibility and need criteria

 

Stage 2 Eligibility Information

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.

Health Services Program

Healthy children do great things – they grow better, they socialize better and they learn better. Over the years, Crystal Stairs, Inc. has embarked on a number of initiatives that encourage healthy living and provide access to health care.

Health Outreach

Our Resource & Referral Department oversees the Health Outreach program which works to ensure that uninsured eligible individuals and families within our service area understand the health care system. Choosing health insurance can be confusing and we are here to help you navigate through the various health care options available.

Our Health Outreach Certified Application Counselors [funded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health] can assist you with identifying and enrolling in a health plan that best meets the needs of you and your family. You will be screened for a qualifying plan e.g., Medi-Cal, Emergency Medi-Cal and Covered California applications. Our goal is to provide access to low-cost and no-cost health insurance and provide community resources to improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Covered California

Eligible residents of California are able to buy health coverage through the Covered California Health Exchange. Affordable health insurance may be available to individuals and families based on income and family size.

To learn more about your health care options, contact our Health Outreach Team at (323) 299-9295.

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