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Improved Access to the Child Care Assistance Program

Concerning the improvement of programs that benefit working families, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2024 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
Bill Summary

The act overhauls the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP). The act simplifies the application process by:

  • Limiting the application requirements to only what is necessary to determine eligibility;
  • Prohibiting counties from adding eligibility requirements; and
  • Requiring recipients to provide only information that has changed when applying for redetermination.

Income qualifications are changed to correspond with universal preschool program requirements. A county may exclude state and federal assistance program income eligibility guidelines in eligibility determinations.

An employee of a child care provider may apply to the CCCAP and be granted full benefits for children from 6 weeks of age to 13 years of age, regardless of the employee's income.

The act directs that child care providers be paid based on enrollment and not on attendance and be paid a weekly rate in advance. Employers are permitted to cover copayments, and copayments are limited to 7% of a family's income. The act authorizes grants and contracts for underserved populations.

Starting July 1, 2025, the department shall create a pilot program for unlicensed providers to seek license-exempt status and establishment as an eligible CCCAP provider separate and distinct from the parent-initiated process.

A CCCAP recipient is required to engage in an eligible activity to receive benefits. The act includes substance use disorder treatment programs, job training, and education activities as eligible activities.

The department of early childhood education, in consultation with the department of public health and environment, shall conduct or contract for a study to determine the feasibility of de-linking eligibility for the federal child and adult care food program from the CCCAP. The act appropriates $100,000 from the general fund to the department of early childhood for the child and adult care food program study.

APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2024

EFFECTIVE June 4, 2024
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details