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What It Is

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. 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.

New Child Care Assistance Eligibility for Full-Time Students

As of June 28, 2019, to the extent funds are available, a child may be eligible for child care assistance if the applicant is enrolled in a full time accredited college, university, certified trade school, full-time GED program, or a program that leads to a degree or certification.  The applicant must meet income eligibility, be in good academic standing with the school, college or university, and provide verification of enrollment. 

The applicant must also meet all other eligibility requirements within 922 KAR 2:160.  To apply please call 1 (855) 306-8959 or online at benefind.ky.gov.

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Fraud

Intentional program violation of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is fraud and can result in a 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 a 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.

Providers may commit fraud by wrongly charging for a child, including:

  • charging a full-time rate for a child who attends part-time;
  • charging for more than five absences per month without required documentation;
  • charging for absences of children whose parents have terminated their child care services;
  • enrolling and charging for more children than license status capacity allows. Related: DCC-115, CCAP Over Capacity Provider Operating Form

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.

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