ARPA Survey

American Rescue Plan Act Survey

What is the ARPA survey?

The State of California requires child care providers to complete a survey if they received and plan to continue receiving federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is responsible for collecting data about how ARPA funds were used, to comply with federal reporting requirements. Collected data will be protected and reported to the federal government to track COVID-19 child care stabilization funding.

Who is required to complete the ARPA survey?

  • License-exempt providers (i.e., family, friend, and neighbor providers);
  • Licensed family child care homes;
  • Licensed child care center directors, site supervisors, and/or administrators; and
  • License-exempt child care center directors, site supervisors, and/or administrators.

What type of information will the ARPA survey request?

The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The following information will be requested, if applicable: your license number and capacity; the age groups you served; address and information about your program; the maximum number of children served; status of your business (open or closed); knowledge of the types of government-funded you received or applied for and general information about how you used any funds received.


Registration is required to receive log in information. Live, simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, Cantonese, and American Sign Language will be provided as well as closed captioning. For additional accommodations, please email them at:

Click to register, December 14th, 2021 from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Click to register, December 16th, 2021 from 6:00pm-7:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

To access the Frequently Asked Questions provided by California Department of Social Services (CDSS), click the button below:

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How do I complete the survey?

You can complete the survey online using the button below. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. If you would like to complete a hard copy of the survey, please contact your Provider Specialist at (619) 427-4411.

Deadline to complete is December 31, 2021
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CDA is not the managing authority for the ARPA survey. CDA is  only serving as a liaison to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS).
If you have questions about the ARPA survey or how to complete it, please contact CDSS at