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Who are alternative payment providers?

Child care providers who provide care for children of families who qualify for subsidized child care and are not receiving Stage 1 benefits.

Alternative Payment is a parent choice program. Enrolled families can choose any licensed or exempt from licensing child care provider that best meets the educational and developmental needs of their child(ren). The AP program pays the child care provider directly.

How can I become an AP provider?

An Alternative Payment Provider has all required documentation as listed on their enrollment packet, has reviewed the Program Guide and agrees to follow program rules and guidelines.

Providers must be at least 18 years old. They can either be licensed or exempt from licensing. Hours of operation must meet the family's need for child care.

Who do I contact for questions about becoming an AP Provider?

A provider specialist can help answer any questions you may have. Please call our office at 619-474-4707 and ask to speak with a Provider Specialist. YMCA cannot authorize child care until all documentation is received and a start date is approved. YMCA will not backdate reimbursement for child care services prior to the approved start date.

Visit AP FORMS to download any required paperwork. Providers must submit the following information to AP Provider Services:

Licensed Providers
Exempt Providers
  • Completed provider enrollment forms
  • A rate sheet
  • Daycare policies
  • A copy of a valid Social Security card or Tax ID number
  • An INS card if required for validation of SS card
  • A copy of a valid driver's license or California identification card
  • A direct deposit application and voided check

  • Provider enrollment forms
  • A copy of a valid driver's license or California identification card
  • A copy of a valid Social Security card
  • Proof of residential address (utility bill)
  • Proof of a negative tuberculosis (TB) test or x-ray from the last six months
  • A voided check for direct deposit
  • Birth certificates (aunts, uncles, and grandparents only) to verify relationship to the child(ren)
  • Exempt from licensing providers must complete the Trustline Application and Fingerprints form.
  • Call 1.800.315.4507 to make a Trustline appointment in advance. Our agency code is mailed to the parent.


Parents and providers participating in YMCA CRS Alternative Payment Program must follow the Attendance Sheet guidelines, complete Attendance Sheets thoroughly and accurately, and ensure the following:

  1. Exact time is indicated at the time in for each day of care
  2. Middle section was used only for reporting additional time in and out of care within the same day such as when child attended school; The provider enters the time a school age child leaves or returns from school during the day.
  3. Exact time is indicated at the time out for each day of care
  4. Any Family Fees owed by and collected from the parent are recorded at the bottom of Attendance Sheet
  5. Any child absences or variations of approved schedule are explained in the comments column.
  6. Provider indicates invoiced amount/ payment expected for the child care provided.
  7. Provider invoices an amount consistent with their rates on file or the rates charged to non-subsidy families.
  8. Bottom of Attendance Sheet has a full signature and date from client and provider.
  9. Parent and provider use approved YMCA CRS Attendance Sheet; no other attendance record can be used.


Access your Attendance Sheets and Payment Schedule by logging into the CARE PORTAL. Download forms to become a child care provider and get information on some new changes to Attendance sheets and certificates by visiting AP FORMS & RESOURCES.

Alternative Payment

OTHER RESOURCES to enhance your child care program

We are committed to helping child care providers reach their fullest potential! If you are just starting out, or have been providing care for decades, we can help!

Resource and Toy Lending Library

Our comprehensive library includes books and videos on various topics such as child development, curriculum planning, and behavior and guidance. We also have educational toys available to lend to child care providers. To get started, visit Steps to Using the Library.

Training Calendar

Check out our Training Calendar for upcoming trainings and workshops around San Diego. Topics include but are not limited to The Business of Family Child Care, Agression Tantrums and Meltdowns, and Partnering with Families.

Disaster Preparedness

Are you prepared in the event of a major emergency or natural disaster? We send monthly tips on how your child care program can get ready and stay ready in case disaster strikes. Visit our Disaster Preparedness webpage for more information.


Alternative Payment offices are co-located in two areas of San Diego (Mission Valley and National City). Appointments with your CRS Case Manager will take place at National City. Our payment office is located in our main Mission Valley Office. Contact Alternative Payment HERE.