Child care is a necessity for most American families, and an economic hardship for many. In Georgia, more than 511,000 children are in full-time child care. According to the most recent Census data, the average cost of full-time child care for an infant in a child care center in Georgia is $7,228; slightly less than tuition and fees and a four-year public college in Georgia which is $7,823. Below you will find resources that may be available to help you subsidize or defray the cost of child care.
Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS)
This program helps eligible Georgia families pay child care cost. The CAPS program was designed to help low income families afford safe quality child care. The CAPS program is administered through The Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS), and is available every Georgia county.
Eligibility is based on factors including income level, employment status, and residency. Subsidized child care is available for children birth – 13 years old. (This can be extended to age 18 if the child has special needs.
You may participate in the CAPS program if you have limited income and need child care to work, attend school, or attend training. Participants in the CAPS program still select their own child care provider. The CAPS program will reimburse authorized child care providers directly, up to a pre-determined amount
Most eligible families share in the cost of care by paying a fee based on their income and family size.