The Child Care Assistance Program helps families obtain child care. The goals of the program parallel those of the federal laws that provide funding for Kentucky's child care program. The division also provides program coordination for subsidy payments, professional development, and training, promulgates regulations and develops policy and procedures.
The goal of this program is to provide access to quality child care that allows parents to work, attend education and training programs and/or participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program.
Child care subsidies are also available for child protective services. Child care services through the CCAP are purchased from licensed, certified and registered providers.
The maximum daily payment rate according to the county, type of care, the age of the child and if full-day or part-day, less the parent co-pay per child.
Applications for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can be taken in the 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 in part with Child Care Block Grant funds through a contract to the Human Development Institute from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care.
In the state of Kentucky, the process for conducting the biennial Market Rate Study is outlined in KRS 199.899. Under this statute there are two components to the market rate study. First, a survey is conducted every two years to gather data on the prices charged by child care providers for services. This survey is required to go to all child care providers in the state. Based on these data, the Division of Child Care is responsible for setting the maximum subsidy rates. The 2017 Market Rate Survey focused on (a) determining the current prices charged for child care services across center and home-based care, (b) the distribution of prices across the state, and (c) the distribution of prices based on participation in the STARS for KIDS NOW and ALL STARS programs.