The Low-Income Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income families who need child care to support their efforts toward self-sufficiency.
Eligible families may include those who are working, looking for employment, in training, enrolled in the Colorado Works program, or
teen parents enrolled in high school. CCAP provides benefits for children from birth to age 12.
This program is designed to give parents the flexibility to choose the child care provider that best fits the needs of the
family. Parents should look for signs of a safe environment where the child will be stimulated and encouraged to learn and
Arapahoe County Department of Human Services will do background checks on providers to determine if the person has been in
any incident which would indicate a possible threat to the children. If the background check finds that the provider has been
involved in any incidents, the parent will be required to select a different provider.
Due to budgetary constraints, program benefits, provider rates and program availability are subject to change.
Eligibility & Verification
To receive CCAP benefits, the following information must be provided:
- Completed Child Care Assistance Program Application
- Certified copy of birth certificate or other document proving citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S. for each child
- Proof of Colorado residency
- Photo identification for parents
- Proof of income for all household members
- Immunization records for each child
- A re-certification application must be completed every six months to maintain eligibility
- Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement for applicable households, as described below
Income & Resource Limits
Applicants must have a monthly gross income below the established program income guidelines. Gross income means all earned
and unearned income before taxes or deductions.
Income Guidelines - Effective February 1, 2013 for new applicants and redeterminations
Family Size Monthly Income
Add $610 for each additional person. Effective 2/2013. Guidelines are subject to change.
Cooperation with Child Support Enforcement
Arapahoe County is committed to ensuring that children get the financial and medical support they need and deserve from both
Effective February 1, 2011, in order to qualify for the CCAP through Arapahoe County,you will be required to cooperate with our Child Support Enforcement Division if you have a child residing in your home whose non-custodial parent is not providing child support. Child Support Enforcement
will provide services as needed to locate the non-custodial parent, establish paternity, and/or establish, modify or enforce
a child support or medical support order.
Failure to cooperate without good cause for all children in the home, regardless of child care eligibility, will result in the termination or denial of child care assistance. A few exemptions
may apply; please contact us for more information at 303-636-1170.
How Do I Apply For Benefits?
Print the online Child Care Assistance Application or obtain a copy at one of our Human Services office locations. Complete the application and fax, mail or deliver it in-person to either office location.
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