WHAT IS THE CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM?
The Child Care Council of Kentucky (CCC) is dedicated to helping you find child care that is appropriate for your family. The high cost of quality child care takes up a great part of parent’s income. The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in Kentucky provides assistance with payment for child care on a sliding fee basis for eligible parents/guardians. The purpose of this program is to enable families to gain employment and to remain employed. See program income guidelines by clicking here.
Who is eligible?
CCAP is available to children under age 13, or up to age 19 if the child has special needs verified by a qualified health professional.
Eligible children must reside with a parent or parents who meet the following criteria:
- Teen parent who attends high school or is pursuing a GED
- Parent is employed for an average of 20 hours per week; or
- Parent is enrolled in an education or training program and works for wages an average of 20 hours per week. NOTE: A parent who is involved for an average of 20 hours per week in an unpaid student activity including an internship, practicum or student teaching is exempt from the paid work requirement.
- Two parent families must combine an average of 40 hours per week with neither parent working less than an average of five hours a week unless one adult is verified as mentally of physically unable to provide care for the children. In instances where there is an incapacitated parent in the home the minimum work requirement for the non-incapacitated parent is an average of 20 hours per week. The incapacitated parent must provide a doctor’s statement verifying that he/she is unable to care for the child.
- Parent receives K-TAP benefits and needs child care assistance to maintain employment or enrollment in an education or training program consistent with an employment goal and receives authorization from a DCBS worker;
- Parent has transitioned off K-TAP benefits within the past 12 months due to employment and the family’s income does not exceed 165% of the federal poverty level and receives authorization from a DCBS worker;
- Parent who receives, or needs to receive, protective or preventive services.
How To Apply For Services?
You may apply by walking into your local office between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (local time).
If you would like to schedule an appointment, you may do so by calling 1-800-809-7076.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
The following are required when applying for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP):
- Proof of Identity of person applying (driver’s license, ID)
- Social Security Cards for all household members (optional)
- Birth Certificates for children needing care
- Proof of Residency & Household Composition
- DCC 90C Residence-Household Verification Form (click here for the form)
- current lease(cannot be older than 1 year) must list all residents at applicant’s address
- written statement or collateral contact from individual who has knowledge of client’s living situation
- Verification of Earned Income, which could include but not limited to:
- DCC-90D Verification of Income completed by employer (click here for the form)
- letter from your employer (if recently employed or starting employment) should include the following information:
- number of hours individual will be working weekly
- pay rate
- start date
- how often paid
- pay stubs (prior two months) for an unchanged work history
- if self-employed, bring most recent tax return or business records
- Verification of Unearned Income for all members of the household
- Copy of Current Class Schedule (if care is needed while in school)
- Name, Address and Phone Number of Child Care Provider
- Immunization Certificates for children not in school and being cared for by an in-home provider (Registered)
- Documentation of Special Need - statement from a health professional
What are Co-pay and Overages?
Co-pay is the amount a family is required to contribute toward the cost of care. Co-pay is determined on a sliding scale that is based on income, family size and the number of children receiving child care assistance benefits. Your eligibility specialist will inform you of your daily family co-pay. You will be required to pay the co-pay to the provider you choose.
It will be your responsibility to speak with your provider to find out if there are overages. An overage is what the child care provider charges above and beyond what the state maximum daily rate pays. Overage charges are different than co-pay charges. Please discuss all overage charges with your provider of choice.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE CCAP PROGRAM, CLICK HERE.