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The Denver Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps eligible families afford child care for children up to age 13, and for youth with special needs through age 18.

Types of care available include full-time care, part-time care, and summer-time care. To qualify, parents or caretakers must fall within the income guidelines and be:

  • Employed or self-employed and earning at least minimum wage for the hours worked, or;
  • Attending high school, college for the first bachelor’s degree or a vocational program, or earning a GED or ESL, or;
  • Currently searching for a job, or;
  • Participating in Colorado Works and qualify for child care as part of their Individual Plan

Attention Current CCAP Participants - Email Addresses Will Soon Be Required!

Due to upcoming changes in the way that CCAP tracks attendance, you will soon need to have an email address in order to use CCAP. If you have not already provided your email address or need to update the information on file, please contact your CCAP team as soon as possible at 720-944-5437 or You MUST provide an emails address or you may lose your CCAP benefits.


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/caretaker'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
    • Unemployment documentation

And you must meet the Denver CCAP income requirements: 

Family Size Maximum Monthly
Income Before Taxes
(Gross Income)
 2 $3,045  
 3 $3,828.75  
 4 $4,612.50   
 5 $5,396.25  
 6 $6,180  
 7 $6,963.75  
 8 $7,747.50  
 9 $8,531.25  

*Income guidelines are accurate as of January 2018 and subject to change at any time. A household's monthly income may never exceed 85 percent of the State Median Income. The Colorado Office of Early Childhood through the Colorado Department of Human Services keeps the master income guidelines here.

Please note: eligible families may have to pay some of their child care costs to participate in the program. 

Download the CCAP eligibility flyer (available in English and Spanish) here.


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 the following locations:

  • Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Center
    1200 Federal Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80204

  • Denver Human Services East Office
    3815 Steele St.
    Denver, CO 80205

  • Arie P. Taylor Municipal Building (DHS Montbello office)
    4685 Peoria St.
    Denver, CO 80239

If you need application assistance or have a question about eligibility, visit the Richard T. Castro Center (1200 Federal Blvd.) Monday-Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to meet one-on-one with an Eligibility Technician.

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 Child Care Assistance Program Provider

Additional Child Care Resources

Helpful Tips



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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):



Denver 311 Help Center
Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call (720)913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479