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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Date updated: 01/20/2013

The Larimer County Department of Human Services Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) subsidizes childcare for families who meet income limits and program criteria. CCAP is funded by the Child Care and Development Fund which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families.

What this chart shows: Average Monthly Number of CCAP Cases (Families) and Enrolled Children, Larimer County, 2003 - 2012

Data Source: Larimer County Department of Human Services (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Between 2003 and 2011,the average number of families receiving child care help from the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) decreased nearly 40%, before bouncing back in 2012. During this same time period, the average number of children helped decreased almost 50%.

Over the last decade eligibility requirements varied between < 140% and < 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). In 2012, eligibility for the CCAP program was limited to those earning < 150% of the FPG. In order to qualify, a family of three was limited to an annual income of $28,635 or less.

As of the beginning of 2012, there was no longer a waiting list for child care assistance through Larimer County's CCAP program.

The lack of a waiting program and the reduction in the average number of families served by CCAP does not necessarily mean the need for child care has lessened for poor families in Larimer County. The above numbers are more reflective of a drop in funding for such programs.

What this chart shows: Average Monthly CCAP Cost per Case, Larimer County, 2003 - 2012

Data Source: Larimer County Department of Human Services (data not available online)

See data table

What the above data tell us:

Over the last decade, the average monthly cost per family of CCAP aid has varied from a low of $523 per month in 2012 to a high of $756 per month in 2009. When adjusted for inflation, the average amount paid per family in 2012, was 23% less than the amount paid in 2003.

Additional Information:

Eligibility categories of the Child Care Assistance Programs include:

  1. Low income (see income limits) one or two parent families who are participating in at least one eligible activity:
    • Employment
    • Job search (30 day annual limit)
    • Teen parent(s) under the age of 21 who are attending junior high, high school, vocational training, pursuing a GED or looking for employment
  2. Families enrolled in the Colorado Works Program
  3. Families eligible for Special Circumstances Child Care as determined by a Child Protection caseworker (managed by Children, Youth & Family Division of Larimer County Human Services)

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Industry Standards or Target: N/A

Data Table:

Average Monthly CCAP Statistics, Larimer County

Average Number of Cases

Average Number of Children

Average Cost per Household


733 1,397 $540


777 1,480 $542


739 1,418 $577


648 1,307 $639


577 1,162 $710


753 1,438 $671


718 1,431 $756


613 1,078 $709


442 705 $534


617 941 $523

See 'Number of Children and Cases' chart

See 'Cost per Case' chart