Help paying for child care
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
- Parents who are working, or
- Parents who are searching for a job (30 days per year), or
- Teen parents (up to age 21) in a high school diploma program, GED, certificate, or vocational program
- GED, ESL, or Adult Basic Education for up to 12 months
- Parents needing child care for up to 24 months for post-secondary education or training (up to a 1st Bachelor’s Degree or less)
- Families receiving Colorado Works/TANF that are completing countable work activities on their Individual Responsibility Agreement.
- Applicants must be Douglas County Residents.
ALL Families must be in one of the above listed activities AND income must not exceed the following gross monthly incomes:
|Family of 2 – $2,585.00
Family of 3 – $3,255.00
|Family of 4 – $3,925.00
Family of 5 – $4,595.00
|Family of 6 – $5,265.00
Family of 7 – $5,935.00
|Family of 8 – $6,605.00
Family of 9 – $7,275.00
- Parents must continuously be in an eligible activity,
- Parents must provide income verification before approval,
- Families that qualify must directly pay “a parental fee” to their child care provider for a portion of the total cost, and
- Eligibility for continued assistance is periodically re-determined.
- Parents must cooperate with Child Support Enforcement services.
These are the primary factors used to determine eligibility for this program. Eligibility will be determined by Child Care Assistance Program staff when the applicant has completed an application, attended an orientation (see schedule below), and provided necessary verification.
To begin the application process, please schedule your orientation appointment by contacting
(303) 604-1043, extension 2828.
|Location:||Orientation Schedule (You MUST have an appointment
to attend one of these orientations)
|4400 Castleton Ct, Conf Rm A
Castle Rock, CO
|2nd Thursday of the Month at 1:00 p.m. OR
Via phone appointment
For an appointment, or to discuss your possible eligibility, call:
Aspen Family Services
Douglas County Child Care Assistance Program
Phone (303) 604-1043, extension 2828
Fax (720) 240-0008
Below is a list of documentation you will need to provide along with your application:
- Social Security cards for all family members
- Birth certificates for all children
- Picture identification for every adult in the household
- Immunization records for all children
- 3 months of pay stubs for each parent
- 3 months of child support verification
If you just started a new job, a confirmation letter from your employer is required. The letter must include your hire date, rate of pay, how often you are paid and your schedule. Also, needed are pay stubs within 30 days from your application date.
If you are requesting child care while you attend school, you will need to provide an enrollment verification letter that includes your start and end date, the program you are enrolled in, the length of time it will take to complete the program, your anticipated salary upon graduation, anticipated graduation date and daily schedule. You will also need to provide a copy of all loans and grants that you are receiving. We can help with child care while you are in school, providing you can complete your program and earn your degree or professional license/vocational certificate within 2 years of the date of your CCAP application. Assistance for child care does not apply for anyone who is working on a Masters degree or above. If you are in High School or in training to earn a GED, you can receive assistance until you complete your high school/GED education or you reach the age of 22.
Parents also need to be in one of the following activities:
- Employment (including self-employment)
- Job search (this can only be for six months per year)
- High School Education/GED (until the education is completed or you reach the age of 22)
- College (if you will earn your degree or professional license/vocational certificate within two years and you do not already have a Bachelor’s degree or above)
If you currently get help from Human Services, only some of the total child care cost will be paid. The parental fee is the amount the applicant will need to pay for child care. The parental fee is paid directly to the child care provider each month. If you do not pay your parental fee, or stop paying it in the future, child care assistance cannot continue and you will be automatically considered ineligible for child care. Any future application for assistance, in any Colorado county, will not be approved until a receipt from the child care provider is presented showing that the total amount has been paid.
Before your appointment to apply, we recommend you begin looking for a child care provider.
There are two types of licensed providers:
For a complete listing of licensed providers in Douglas County, please click on the following link:www.qualistar.org. You may also call 303.969.9666 to speak to a referral specialist.
This list will show all the licensed child care centers/homes in Douglas County accepting the Child Care Assistance Program. If you want to use a provider that is not on this list, that provider will need to sign a contract with Douglas County Human Services, facilitated by Aspen Family Services before we can pay them.
You will not be able to pick any provider. In order to qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program, the provider has to have a contract with Douglas County Human Services, facilitated by Aspen Family Services, or be able to work with Aspen Family Services to obtain a contract. Aspen Family Services cannot choose your child care provider for you. When you choose a child care provider, think about whether your child will be safe and encouraged to grow and learn.
You can select a state licensed center or home or an exempt provider. Exempt providers can include a friend or family member. If you want an exempt provider to be your child care provider, the provider and all members of their household over the age of 18 must be fingerprinted and a background check completed. The exempt provider is responsible for payment of the fingerprinting and background check. Child care cannot be authorized until the checks are completed.
To find out more information and/or to apply for Child Care Assistance, please call Aspen Family Services at 303.604.1043. If you would like to complete the application prior to attending the Child Care Program orientation, please click on the link below.
Qualistar Colorado is a non-profit that believes all children deserve a high-quality early childhood education experience. We work to achieve our mission by providing free child care referrals for parents who want to find quality child care, assessing the quality of child care programs, providing college scholarships, and much more.