Alternative Payment Provider

Alternative Payment (AP) Providers are child care providers who 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.

For more information about becoming an Alternative Payment program provider, please call 619-474-4707 and ask to speak with a Provider Specialist.

Tools For Existing Alternative Payment Provider

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 and Resources.

Stage 1 Providers

Stage 1 Providers are child care providers who care for children who are receiving Stage 1 benefits. To become a Stage 1 Provider, you must 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.

Contact Us

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.




Mission Valley

1750 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel: 619-521-3055

613 W. Valley Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92025
Tel: 619-521-3055

1310 Union Plaza Court, #200
Oceanside, CA 92054
Tel: 619-521-3055

3333 Camino Del Rio South, #400
San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: 619-521-3055