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Human Services
Colorado child care assistance program

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 subsides to low income families for child care during employment, job search or school/college. Access to quality child care is available and workers assist families to meet their self-sufficiency goals by providing referrals to needed support services. 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 are currently active with TANF please apply with your technician.

Applicants must be under the income guidelines and in an eligible activity to receive day care assistance.


Number of Persons in Family

Maximum Gross Monthly Income


$ 2,133


$ 2,685


$ 3,238


$ 3,791


$ 4,344


$ 4,896


$ 5,449


$ 6,002

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


  • Employment
  • 30 days of job search once every 12 months
  • High school or GED study
  • 12 months of post secondary education up to first bachelor's degree

NOTE: In a two parent household both parents must be in an eligible activity during the same time and days.

Application & the Job Search Tracking Form 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.

Are you presently receiving TANF (formerly AFDC), or Diversion II?
If yes, you must request Child Care Assistance through your Technician in that program.

Are you presently receiving Child Care Assistance?
If yes, you must contact your current Child Care Technician.

To be eligible for Low Income CCCAP, you must be in an eligible activity:  employment, job search, school/college.  If yours is a 2 adult family, both adults must be in an eligible activity during the same days/hours, or one adult incapacitated and cannot care for the child/ren, medical verification will be required.  In addition, the total family gross income must be under the maximum income guidelines for the family size as listed below.

Are the children that will use the child care under the age of 13? If so, the children needing child care are within the age restrictions for child care subsidies.  Children who are 13 or over but under the age of 18 and meet the “special needs” criteria and have written verification from a physician or other appropriate professional, may be eligible.

Is the Child Care Assistance for Job Search?  30 days in a 12-month period is available (if all 30 days in the prior 12 months have not been used). 

Is the Child Care Assistance for GED, high school diploma, or post secondary education?  You may receive no more than 12 months of child care benefits while in a college (bachelors degree or less) or job skills training program; and, not more than a total of 12 months of child care benefits while in an adult GED, high school diploma, English as a Second Language or other basic skills program.

Are you the biological parent, a legally established guardian, a blood or adoptive relative, or unrelated individual who is taking the place of a parent and need child care for a child/ren? An unrelated individual who is taking the place of a parent is required to obtain an affidavit from the child’s biological parent or legal guardian which identifies the unrelated individual as the child’s primary caretaker.