Child Care Assistance

Do you need help paying for child care? We might be able to help! The Denver County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps families who qualify pay for child care for infants to children age 13 and special needs youth up to age 19. 

Parents who meet the following guidelines, may qualify for Denver CCAP.

  • Must live in Denver (if you live in another county, please apply in the county where you reside)
  • Address Verification
  • Photo ID for Parents
  • Certified copy of child’s birth certificate or other documents proving lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of Household Income (including, but not limited to, pay stubs, child support and unemployment documentation)
  • CCAP Income Requirements
Family Size           Maximum Monthly
Income Before Taxes
(Gross Income) 

 2 $2,949  
 3 $3,711   
 4 $4,472   
 5 $5,233 
 6 $5,994   
 7 $6,756   
 8 $7,518   
 9 $8,278

*Income guidelines are subject to change at any time and a household's monthly income may never exceed 85% of the State Median Income. 

Please note: Eligible families may have to pay some of their child care costs to participate in the program. The family fee is based on income and the type of child care provider selected to care for a child. 


Apply for CCAP in any of the following ways: 

  1. Download an application, fill it out and mail or fax it to us. 
  2. Pick up an application, fill it out and drop it into one of the onsite CCAP Drop Boxes at 1200 Federal Blvd., 3815 Steele St. or at 4685 Peoria St. 
  3. Visit the Castro office (1200 Federal Blvd.) Monday-Thursday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to meet one-on-one with an application specialist to determine if you qualify. 

Note: If you live in another county, you must apply in the county where you reside. 

Tips for Finding a Licensed Denver CCAP Child Care Provider


Additional Child Care Resources


Helpful Tips

Passed in 2014, House Bill 14-1317 made significant changes to the CCAP program:

What's new for our families?

  • Households that exceed the county eligibility income limits, but remain under 85% of the State Median Income, will receive ninety (90) days of transitional child care. This is meant to provide families with enough time to work with their child care provider and the CCAP Team to exit the program with as little disruption as possible. 
  • Households currently under 130% of the Federal Poverty Level that are also paying a parental fee can expect to see that fee reduced, making it easier for them to retain additional monthly income to support their families.
  • Job search child care will be extended from thirty (30) to sixty (60) days in a calendar year. In the current economic environment this should help job searching participants considerably.
  • Parents who are utilizing post-secondary education and training activities will see their eligibility timeframe extended from twelve (12) to twenty-four (24) months so they can maximize their education and job skill development efforts.  
  • When applying for CCAP, families have historically been required to submit ninety (90) days of income for the eligibility determination process. Going forward that requirement has been reduced to thirty (30) days which will make the application process much easier.



What's new for our Child Care Providers?

  • Our Providers should have already received new fiscal agreements which will allow us to extend a rate increase across the board to all providers. The average increase to reimbursement rates is 5.55% which will help all providers better serve CCAP families.
  • Providers can expect that child care authorizations should typically be set for a full twelve (12) months, except in certain specific circumstances.
  • Providers can also expect that parents will be more involved in selecting the hours in which they access child care. We will no longer require that hours of care be specifically linked to the parent's eligible activity. We will still need verification of eligible work activities to inform the number of hours that can be approved for care but the parent may now work in tandem with the provider to access a child care time that is most beneficial for the child and family.
  • Quality is critical where child care is concerned and providers can expect to continue to see higher reimbursement rates for higher quality ratings. Please take some time to review the new Quality Rating and Improvement System for Colorado, Colorado Shines.
  • In an effort to provide more timely and easy access to services, licensed early care and education providers can conduct a pre-eligibility screening on a child care applicant if they choose. This will be done using the state approved worksheet, which will be provided in the near future. This process must be completed within thirty (30) days of the application date, which is considered the date that the county received both the application and the worksheet from the provider.



We welcome parent and child care provider inquiries by email 24/7, denverccap@denvergov.org. Walk-in appointments are also available Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please remember that walk-ins are served on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Mailing and Office Location
Denver County CCAP
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

Note: There are drop boxes located near the first and second floor entrances for customers that want to drop-off paperwork.

Customer Contact Information (for application, eligibility and re-determinations):


Business Office of Child Care (BOCC)/Billing (for child care providers only):

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
Statewide: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)
or in Denver: 720-944-3000
 
Adult Protection Hotline
720-944-2994 
 
DHS Customer Service
720-944-3666

Colorado Relay/TDD
711

Child Support Services
720-944-2960
Childsupportservices@denvergov.org


Foster Care
720-944-4000

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information
311

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