The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) provides support 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.
Eligibility for the Child Care Assistance Program
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in
922 KAR 2:160. An applicant can determine if they are elgible by using the
Prescreening Tool. To apply, please call toll free (855) 306-8959 or visit
CCAP Eligibility Flyer
Spanish CCAP Eligibility Flyer
Child Care Costs
Once approved for CCAP, the child care provider should notify the family of its share of child care costs. Payments may be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or other regular schedule. Multiple charges may make up a payment to a child care provider.
Tuition: The amount the child care provider charges for services. Typically, this is a weekly amount charged to all families. It’s important to note a family receiving CCAP cannot be charged more or less than private-pay families. If you suspect the tuition amount is not the same, please report this to the
Division of Regulated Child Care.
State Maximum Rate: The daily maximum rate the state will pay. This amount varies and families can find the value in the DCC-300, Kentucky Child Care Maximum Payment Rate Chart.
Co-pay: The portion of the state rate a family is responsible for paying based on income before taxes and family size. A co-pay breakdown can be found in
922 KAR 2:160 Child Care Assistance Program.
Overage: The amount left over if the child care provider charges more in tuition than the state maximum rate and any co-payment due. Depending on the amount of tuition, a family may not be responsible for an overage.
Enrollment/application/material fees, etc.: An additional fee a child care provider may charge for operating expenses. CCAP usually will not cover these additional optional expenses a child care provider may choose to charge. However, in some circumstances, the enrollment fee can be paid. Enrollment fees can be paid for KTAP or child care protection cases approved by DCBS Family Support or DCBS Protection and Permanency. The enrollment fee must be requested by the provider in writing to the
billing department and include the child’s name, case number and the amount. Enrollment fees can be paid only once in a 12-month period and are limited to a family amount of $100 per year.
Child Care Expense Examples
Intentional violation of CCAP rules, policies, statutes, etc., is fraud and can result in criminal conviction and loss of services and payments.
Intentional means misinforming the program purposefully to receive services and/or payment for services.
Parents may commit fraud by failing to report changes that affect program benefits, such as:
- income changes - per hour rate or number of hours;
- change in household size - person leaving or coming into the home; or
- change of address.
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.
2020 COVID-19 Workforce/Market Rate Survey