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Do you need help paying for child care? We might be able to help! The Denver County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps eligible families who are working, going to school or looking for employment. CCAP provides financial assistance for infants to children age 13 and special needs youth up to age 18. We help qualifying families afford full-time care, part-time care and summer-time care. 

We are currently accepting applications from parents or caretakers who are:

  • Employed or self-employed and earning at least minimum wage for the hours worked
  • Attending high school, college for the first bachelor's degree or vocational program, or earning a GED or ESL
  • Currently searching for employment

What's needed to apply for CCAP? 

  • Verification of Denver address (If you do not live in Denver, you must apply in the county you reside.) 
  • Parent's photo ID 
  • A certified copy of the 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)


And you must meet the Denver CCAP income requirements: 

Family Size           Maximum Monthly Income Before Taxes 
(Gross Income) 
 2 $3,003.75    
 3 $3,780   
 4 $4,556.25   
 5 $5,332.50   
 6 $6,108.75   
 7 $6,886.88   
 8 $7,666.88   
 9 $8,446.88  


*Income guidelines effective October 1, 2016 and subject to change at any time. 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 CCAP application and other forms can be easily downloaded by clicking the links below:

  • English CCAP Application Packet - includes parent checklist, authorization to release form, the card request form, non-school days form, verification of county residency and verification of employment and the job search agreement form. 

Once you've completed the CCAP Application Packet, you can drop it off at one of the onsite CCAP Drop Boxes at 1200 Federal Blvd., 3815 Steele St. or at 4685 Peoria St.. 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.

Individual Forms Available for Download: 

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, 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
DHS Customer Service


Colorado Relay/TDD

Child Support Services

Foster Care

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information