What is Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)?

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.


Why should I accept CCCAP?

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.

How do I become a CCCAP provider?

The Colorado Office 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 Rates

  • Reimbursement rates are effective July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, and are subject to change yearly based on the annual Market Rate Survey. Rates for Additional Care Needs are effective July 1, 2019.
  • County Ceiling Rate 2019-20

CCCAP Attendance Tracking System