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Attention Child Care Providers – Have you applied for the OEC Stabilization Grant?
The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Early Childhood (OEC) is investing a combined $271 million of federal stimulus funds to support child care programs and to retain the state’s early childhood education workforce.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from Jan. 21 through Sept. 30, 2022, however, eligible programs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  For more information including a sample application, eligibility requirements and timelines please click here.

The Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) helps families that are homeless, working, searching for work or in school help pay for childcare (CCCAP may pay a portion or all of the cost of childcare). Based on program referrals, families that are enrolled in the Colorado Works Program or engaged with Child Welfare Services may also use CCCAP services.

Income eligibility varies by county although the lowest income level served statewide is 185% or less of the federal poverty guideline. Counties may not serve families that have an income of over 85% of the state median income (SMI).

You can apply for CCCAP online, by mail or by the Department of Human Services if you are using the paper application you must submit it in person or by mail.  While you must apply for benefits in the county in which you live, you can use CCCAP in any county (i.e. the county in which you work or attend school).

Douglas County is providing CCCAP to families with a gross income at or below 265%* of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for their household size:

Family Size: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Maximum Monthly Gross Income: $3,846.93 $4,849.50 $5,852.07 $6,854.68 $7,857.25 $8,859.82 $9,862.43 $10,865.00
Maximum Annual Gross Income $46,163.16 $58,194.00 $70,224.84 $82,256.16 $94,287.00 $106,317.84 $118,349.16 $130,380.00

You may pay a Child Care recovery online at Douglas County Online Payment Service.

Families, providers and community partners may find useful information at the Colorado Office of Early Childhood. If you are a provider and have any questions, please contact Douglas County CCCAP at 303.814.7135 or [email protected].

Click here for information about what age children are allowed to stay at home alone.