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Human Services

Colorado child care assistance program

Due to budget concerns, effective 1/1/2018, El Paso County regrettably will implement a waitlist for new applicants needing child care services.  Families that are employed are encouraged to complete the “Waitlist Pre-Eligibility Form” in order to be determined potentially eligible to be added to the waitlist. It is also critical for individuals to continue to apply for CCCAP even with the waitlist so the County can track the need for child care assistance in the region. The waitlist will be of unknown length and time.

Teen parents in the activity of high school are exempt from the waitlist and will still be considered for services.  These families should complete an application.

Welcome to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) information page of the El Paso County Department of Human Services. CCCAP is a program designed to provide child care subsidies to low income families for child care when in an eligible activity.  Assistance in finding quality child care is also available by calling 877-338-2273.  A short overview of the eligibility guidelines can be found on this page. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us at (719) 444-8178 or Fax (719)444-8108.
If you have an active TANF case, please speak directly with your TANF technician about CCCAP. 

Applicants for low income CCCAP must be under the income guidelines and in an eligible activity to receive child care assistance.


Number of Persons in Family

Maximum Gross Monthly Income


$ 2,233.00


$ 2,807.75


$ 3,382.50


$ 3,957.25


$ 4,532.00


$ 5,106.75


$ 5,681.50


$ 6,256.25

To Calculate Income: Example
Weekly Gross  X  4.33 = Total Monthly Gross
NOTE: Household income includes all income earned and unearned gross income.


·         Employment

·         High school or GED for teen parents  

NOTE: In a two adult household, both adult caretakers must be in an eligible activity.

Applications and documents may be submitted at the El Paso County Department of Human Services, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods, 3rd Floor, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM.

To be eligible for Low Income CCCAP, you must be in an eligible activity.  In addition, the total family gross income must be under the maximum income guidelines for the family size.

Are the children that will use child care under the age of 13? If so, the children needing child care are within the age guidelines for child care subsidies.  Children who are 13 or over but under the age of 19 and meet the “special needs” criteria and have written verification from a physician or other appropriate professional, may be eligible.

Are you a teen parent?  Teen parents must be in an eligible activity and under the income guidelines.  Teen parent eligibility does not include their parent’s income even if they are still living at home.

All recipients of CCCAP must comply with child support enforcement for children with an absent parent (one that is not in the home).

If approved, how would I access my benefits?  The CCCAP program utilizes an Attendance Tracking System (ATS) at individual child care providers.  Recipients of CCCAP are required to use their unique PIN to check their child in and out of care each day child care is authorized and used.  If the ATS system is not used properly, CCCAP recipients could incur private pay charges from the child care provider.

How long does the application process take?   Processing time is 15-30 calendar days after the application is received at the county office.  Applications must be approved or denied on the 15th day.  Unfortunately, many applications are denied due to being incomplete. A verification checklist is included in the application package to assist applicants in the process.