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Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) contracts with the local Alternative Payment Provider (APP) for Stage 1 Childcare provider payments. The contractor meets with each WtW participant to educate and advise on choosing appropriate childcare providers. If the participant is having difficulties in obtaining a childcare provider, contract staff will assist. Once a provider has been found, the contractor meets with the participant and provider and informs them of program regulations and policies, and ensures the provider meets licensing or registration requirements. Each month the contractor verifies monthly participation hours against providers’ claims, authorizes payments and then forwards to LCDSS for payment.