Getting Started - Program Specifics

Program Specifics

The Resource Connection administers several programs to help eligible families pay for child care services while they work, look for work, attend school or recover from incapacity. The Resource Connection child care payment assistance programs provide full or partial payment for child care services for enrolled families depending on eligibility. Exact reimbursement amounts are limited to the Regional Market Rate Ceilings (RMR/RMC) as determined by CDSS.

In addition to Child Care Resource & Referral Services subsidy programs, there are preschool and after-school child care programs funded directly by the State of California. Head Start is a Federally funded program offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services for income eligible families. Although these programs are not part of Child Care Resource & Referral Services, they will still be included when you request referrals for child care providers.

Subsidy Programs Description Funding
CalWORKS Stage 1 Child Care Referral must be received from CalWORKS Amador and Calaveras Counties and California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
CalWORKS Stages 2 & 3 Child Care Referral must be received from CalWORKS California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Federal, Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD)
Alternative Payment Program (CAPP) Families may choose from child care options such as Family Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers, TrustLine child care providers, or Relative Care child care providers or other license-exempt providers

Subsidy Program Handbook

From an explanation of Family Fees to a detailed breakdown of our reimbursement procedures, our Parent/Provider Guide contains in-depth information covering the subsidized childcare programs that The Resource Connection has to offer.

Subsidy Program Handbook [PDF]  effective 2/1/2024