CAPS and Quality Rated
CAPS supports high quality early learning environments through Quality Rated, Georgia’s quality rating and improvement system. To receive Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) funding, eligible providers must be Quality Rated.
In addition to the benefits enjoyed by all Quality Rated providers, CAPS providers who earn a star rating will receive Quality Rated tiered reimbursement on their CAPS payments. Tiered reimbursement refers to a bonus awarded to programs that have achieved a Quality Rated star rating and provide child care for families participating in CAPS. The bonus is a percentage amount added to the state subsidy payments based on the program’s star level: one, two, or three stars. The percentage is calculated on the net CAPS reimbursement due to the provider (base rate minus the assessed family fee).
Effective November 1, 2021, DECAL increased Quality Rated tiered reimbursement payments by 15 percentage points per star level. This means programs will receive a 25% bonus for one star, a 35% bonus for two stars, and a 55% bonus for three stars. For the first time ever, child care programs in CAPS/QR Provisional or Probationary status who are in the process of achieving a star rating will receive a 15% increase from current CAPS base rates to support their efforts to increase quality and successfully achieve a star rating. This temporary increase in tiered bonus payments is funded through federal funding received the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is in effect until September 29, 2024.
To find a child care provider in your community that is Quality Rated, visit www.qualityrated.org or call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS.
Click here to watch a short video on the benefits of enrolling your child(ren) with a Quality Rated child care provider.
If you are a CAPS provider or intend to be a CAPS provider and have not started the Quality Rated process, consider doing so now by calling the Quality Rated helpdesk at 855-800-7747 or by visiting QualityRated.decal.ga.gov. You can also learn more about CAPS and Quality Rated by reviewing the CAPS/Quality Rated Guidelines and Requirements (Appendix II) in the CAPS appendices.