The Child Care Assistance Program provides subsidies to help families pay for child care. The Division of Child Care is responsible for all child care provider support and The Division of Family Support helps clients apply for the program. The Division of Child Care coordinates subsidy payments to providers, CCAP provider fraud reduction and registered providers.
The goal of CCAP is to provide access to quality child care to enable parents to work, further their education and job training and/or participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program. Child care subsidies also are available for child protective services.
CCAP applications are taken in Department for Community Based Services offices in all 120 counties, by phone toll free at 1 (855) 306-8959 or online at benefind.ky.gov.
Kentucky Child Care Market Rate Study
The Kentucky Child Care Market Rate Study report is developed using a survey conducted every two years to gather data on the cost of child care services. All child care providers are required to participate in this survey. Based on data from the survey, the Division of Child Care sets the maximum subsidy rates.
The 2017 Market Rate Survey focused on determining the current prices charged for child care services, the distribution of prices across the state and the distribution of prices based on participation in the STARS for KIDS NOW and ALL STARS programs.