CalWorks/Alternative Payment Program

MAOF CalWORKs / Alternative Payment Program
Stages I, II, III& APP Programs
401 N. Garfield Ave., Montebello, CA 90640

The Alternative Payment Programs consist of several Federal & State Subsidized Block Grants funded by the California Department of Education and the Department of Public Social Services. The following are the programs that we provide subsidized childcare services for: The California Department of Education Alternative Payment Program (CDE General APP & the CalWORKs APP Stage 2 & 3 Programs), The Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS CalWORKs Stage 1).

The CalWORKs Alternative Payment Programs consist of 8 individual departments in order to accomplish the tasks of operating an APP unit, the departments are: General APP, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, Payment Processing, Liaison Unit, Resource & Referrals and the Accounting Department.

All the subsidized Alternative Payment Programs are parental choice programs, the parent may choose anyone of the following types of child care: Child Care Center, a Licensed before/after school program, licensed family day care home, the children’s relative i.e. grandparent, aunt or uncle or even a friend or neighbor.

All or most of the Alternative Payment Programs have similar requirements such as: CalWORKs recipients who are on or off cash aid or low-income may be eligible for child care services for children under the age of 13 if the parent(s) are working and meet income eligibility requirements, seeking employment, attending vocational training/School, or participating in a GAIN approved program.

Eligible families may have all or part of the cost paid for by a subsidized Federal & State Block Grant. CalWORKs recipients will normally start their child care services with Stage 1, once the parent(s) are deemed stable or their cash aid terminates and the parent(s) income is at or below the state’s median level established by the State Department of Education, the family is transferred to the Stage 2 Department. CaIWORK’s Stage 2 participants can remain there for a maximum of 24 months from the end date off cash aid. At that point the family is considered (timed out), and is transferred to Stage 3 if funding is available, otherwise, families are recommended to enroll in the MAOF APP waiting list. All low income recipients requesting subsidized child care assistance are required to enroll through the waiting list.

Childcare services are not guaranteed and are based on available funding.

MAOF’s geographical child care service area consists of the following communities: Bell, Bell Gardens, Boyle Heights, City Terrace, City of Commerce, Cudahy, East Los Angeles, EI Sereno, Huntington Park, Lincoln Heights, Maywood, Los Angeles, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera and Santa Fe Springs.

Operating hours
Stage 2, Stage 3 & APP programs operating hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5 p.m.

Stage 1 operating hours are:
Monday through Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm
Monday & Wednesday’s the Stage 1 department is open until 7:00 pm.