Child care assistance

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The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides child care assistance to families who are working, searching for employment, or are in training, and families who are enrolled in the Colorado Works program and need child care services to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency. CCCAP provides you access to reduced cost child care at licensed child care facilities or qualified exempt (unlicensed) child care providers. 

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program is administered through county departments of social/human services under the direction of the CDHS Division of Early Care and Learning. Counties have set income eligibility maximums for families, but must serve families with income of 185 percent or less of the federal poverty guideline (if funding allows), and will not serve families that have an income of over 85 percent of the state median income. 

View the Family Income Guidelines for CCCAP eligibility.

You may be eligible to participate in CCCAP if you:

  • Reside in Colorado
  • Are working, seeking employment, or are participating in training/education
  • Have at least one child who is under 13 years old (or 19 years old if the child has special needs or a disability and requires child care)
  • Have a family income of less than the defined maximum in your county of residence

Recipients with income are responsible to pay a portion of the cost of care. 

Apply on the Colorado PEAK website

Learn more by visiting the Office of Early Childhood website