Child Care Assistance

The Low-Income Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps eligible families with the costs of child care for children from birth to age 12 while the parents work toward self-sufficiency.

Eligibility


To qualify for CCAP, parents must meet income limits and be involved in one of the following activities:
  • Working or looking for a job
  • Attending college or vocational school
  • Enrolled in high school if under age 21
  • Studying for a GED if under age 21
Parents must also pay a portion of the child care costs. Parental fees, program benefits, provider rates and program availability are subject to change.

Cooperation with Child Support


If you have a child residing in your home whose non-custodial parent is not providing child support, you will be required to cooperate with Arapahoe County’s Community and Child Support Services Division in order to qualify for CCAP. Cooperation is required for all children in the household with an absent parent who are in need of child care services. The division will provide any necessary services to establish, modify or enforce a child support or medical support order. Child care assistance will be denied or terminated for all children in the home if a family fails to cooperate without good cause.

Choosing a Provider


Each family can choose a child care provider that best meets their needs. CCAP will pay the provider directly for times when the parent is at the approved activity. Arapahoe County Department of Human Services will conduct background checks on providers. Visit the Qualistar Colorado website for more information on quality child care. You can check into any licensing history for licensed or registered providers.

How to Apply


Colorado's online application and eligibility tool for CCAP are currently under construction. Please apply for or renew CCAP benefits using the following links: