en español

Who are Stage 1 PROVIDERS?

Child Care Providers who care for children who are receiving Stage 1 benefits.

How to Become a Stage 1 Provider?

All Stage 1 Child Care providers need to be referred by a parent.

Initial Authorization Process

  1. PARENT completes all paperwork, and submits additional requested documentation.
  2. CHILD CARE PROVIDER who is already with YMCA, a 24-404 will need to be completed. (Note: Form should only be completed after participant has attended orientation). CHILD CARE PROVIDER who is not with YMCA will need to complete entire provider packet.
  3. Case is reassigned to new YMCA CASE MANAGER within the same week intake orientation and all requested documentation is received.
  4. CHILD CARE PROVIDER will receive Notice of Action stating approval dates and will receive a phone call from YMCA CASE MANAGER to confirm approval.
  5. CHILD CARE PROVIDER can print out attendance sheets from Care Portal 24 hours after care has been authorized. Authorization of childcare can take up to 30 days from application date.

Payment Schedule

Payments will be processed beginning on the 1st of the month for Providers’ whose center name or last name begin with letters A-L, and centers or Providers’ with the last names beginning with M-Z, will begin being processed on the 10th of each month, or the Monday following if the 1st or 10th lands on a weekend.

This schedule only applies when Care has been authorized and the parent and provider received a Notice of Action.

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.


Stage 1 offices are co-located in three areas of San Diego (Downtown, Escondido, Oceanside). Appointments with your CRS Case Manager will take place at one of these three offices. Our payment office is located in our main Mission Valley Office. Contact Stage 1 HERE.