The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) provides financial assistance to help pay for high quality early care and learning on behalf of Colorado families within three human services programs: Low-Income CCCAP, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Child Welfare (CWCC). For Low-income CCCAP, eligibility is based on family income and activity (working, adult education, higher education, job search). For TANF and CWCC, CCCAP is a supportive service based on a referral from that program to CCCAP. These families need child care in order to continue their employment, higher education, job search, and their move toward self-sufficiency. As a child care provider, you will be working in partnership with counties to assist these families’ experiences with high quality early care and learning.

In our county, 25% of the 459 child care programs accept children and families who receive the CCCAP subsidy. Of those programs, only 50 are considered high quality early childhood settings.  This means that families needing this assistance only have 11%  of the options of those not needing this help and only half of the centers that do offer CCCAP are considered high quality early childhood settings.  Accepting CCCAP in your center creates a community in which each and every child is given the opportunity for a strong start.

Are  you operating an existing new early childhood program, a newly opened program, or are you in the process of considering opening a new program and want to serve CCCAP children and families?  Are you a program with a new CCCAP Fiscal Agreement?  If so, see below to learn about how AFK , in partnership with the El Paso County Department of Human Services, can support programs that qualify

  • Technical assistance in opening a new early childhood center or Family Child Care Home
  • Scholarships for Pre-Licensing and the Early Childhood Administrative Summit
  • Start Up funds
  • Coaching to get your program started off in the right direction
  • Incentive funds for gaining a CCCAP Fiscal Agreement
  • Incentive funds for getting a high quality rating (Level 3, 4, or 5)
  • Reach out to Carrie Nelson (719.640.1375) to learn more today

The Colorado Department of Early Childhood offers guidance for early childhood centers and family child care homes that are wanting to accept CCCAP.

The county will send you a packet of information detailing the necessary documents and training including:

  • A Fiscal Agreement, or the contract between you and the county, which outlines each party’s responsibilities, policies and the rate you will be reimbursed for child care services. You will need a Fiscal Agreement with each county that you will accept children from under the CCCAP program.
  • A Form W-9 (IRS) used for identification purposes to report payments made by CCCAP. You will receive a 1099 Form (IRS) at the end of each calendar year for tax purposes.

Contact your county department of human/social services for information.

CCCAP Reimbursement Rate

  • Reimbursement rates are subject to change yearly based on the annual Market Rate Survey. 
  • For current El Paso County CCCAP information, this information is on the Colorado Department of Early Childhood website HERE.

Need Assistance?

  • Office of Early Childhood ATS Video Series and ATS Information and Resources
  • Call the ATS Help Desk at 844.447.4441 or email
  • El Paso County Department of Human Services (719) 636-0000
  • The State CCCAP Team is offering monthly support sessions for early childhood providers on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 12–12:45 pm. Sessions include CCCAP updates, Attendance Tracking System overview and demonstration, and time for Q+A. Join the sessions via Google Meet HERE or dial 561.614.0668 (PIN: ‪240 371 957#)