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Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is administered through the Larimer County Department of Human Services for Larimer County residents. The program provides child care services to families who meet the income guidelines and who are in an eligible activity. Eligible activities are:

  • Working
  • Job search (30 days per year)
  • Teen parent(s)
    • "Teen parent" means a parent under twenty-one (21) years of age who has physical custody of his/her child(ren) for the period care is requested and is in an eligible activity such as: attending junior high/middle school, high school, GED program, vocational/technical training activity, employment or job search.

CCAP also provides assistance to families enrolled in the Colorado Works program who need child care services to support their efforts towards self-sufficiency.

Eligibility

You must have a gross monthly income below the established program income limits. Eligibility levels vary from county to county. Larimer County is currently assisting families who have total household income at or below 130% of the federal poverty level.

You must have all required verifications at time of interview.
  • Attested birth certificates for every child that needs daycare, even if only for school out days
  • Attested or notarized driver's license or state-issued ID for each parent in the household
  • Verification of your address (i.e. a lease, bill, vehicle or voter registration, tax form, etc.)
  • Daycare information (name, address, phone number) and schedule for each child
  • Verifications for each parent's activities. If you are in more than one activity (i.e. working and going to school), you must provide verifications for both activities.

If you are interested in applying for child care assistance, you can download the application packet or call (970) 498-6300 to have one mailed to you. Once you have complete the application and gathered the required verifications, you can come in for a face-to-face interview.

Walk-in interview schedule for CCAP
1501 Blue Spruce Drive, Fort Collins
Monday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Choosing a child care provider

Parents have the ability to choose whether they would like to use a licensed child care center, a licensed family child care home, or a provider legally exempt from licensing such as a friend, neighbor or relative. The only requirement is that your child care provider must agree to the CCCAP terms and conditions.

When choosing a provider, decisions will need to be made about the type of care that will best meet the needs of your child as well as your family. Regardless of the child care provider selected, parents should look for signs that their child will be safe, developmentally stimulated and encouraged to grow and learn.

If a parent needs help locating child care providers they can contact their local resource and referral agency. Resource and referral agencies maintain lists of child care providers that include the type of care provided and other relevant information. For help finding a child care provider in Larimer County, contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency at (970) 377-3388.

Once a family has selected a child care provider, they must notify their CCCAP technician. Before authorizing child care services, the CCCAP technician will work with the provider to ensure that all requirements have been agreed upon, the fiscal agreement has been signed and all other required forms have been completed.

If a family selects an exempt provider, Larimer County will do a background check to find out if that person has been involved in incidents which would indicate they may pose a threat to children. If the county finds that the exempt provider has been involved in any incidents, they will refuse to enter into a fiscal agreement with the provider and the family would have to select a different provider.

The CCAP Card

Once a case is determined eligible for care, Larimer County will authorize CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) cards to the client/primary caretakers. The CCAP cards are issued by a 3rd party and are linked to the authorization data on the case. Clients will swipe these cards at Point of Service devices (POS) to access benefits for their children's attendance at the child care provider.

Using your CCAP Card and the Point of Service Device (POS)

How to Swipe Your CCAP Card


Common Errors/Denials - and how to Correct Them

Parental Fees

Parents are required to pay a portion of their child care costs (parental fee). The parental fee is based on the family's income and the number of people in the household. The fee is then paid directly to the provider each month.

Redetermination of Eligibility

As a recipient of child care assistance, you will be asked to update your information every six months. Your answers to the questions on the redetermination forms will provide us with the information we need to continue your child care assistance. Please note that failure to complete these forms and supply required documentation will result in the discontinuance of your child care benefits. We strongly recommend using this Redetermination Frequently Asked Questions document to assist you.

For your convenience, you can download all of the forms you need in one pdf file. You may also have the forms mailed to you by calling (970) 498-6352.

The packets include a school out days form for Poudre and Thompson R2-J school districts.

Interested in being a provider?

Contact your county office by calling (970) 498-7623 and request information regarding becoming a CCAP provider. If interested in details, a packet of information can be mailed to you which includes a fiscal agreement for your review. Read over the agreement very carefully, as it would serve as a contract between you and the county. The agreement describes each party's responsibilities and contains the reimbursement rate you would be paid.

Child Care Licensing

As a provider, if you choose to be licensed, the Colorado Department of Human Services is responsible for issuing child care licenses. You may also reach them at (303) 866-5958 or (800) 799-5876.

Forms and information for current CCAP providers

See also: State of Colorado Division of Child Care.

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