Thursday, April 12, 2018

Proposed Changes to Colorado Child Care Assistance Program Rules

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Early Care and Learning, is proposing changes to the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) rules (3.900). Any changes approved by the State Board of Human Services will go into effect on September 30, 2018.

Public Comment will close on Monday, May 7. The first reading by the State Board of Human Services will take place on July 6, 2018.

The proposed rule changes are in response to the need to meet requirements of the federal Child Care and Development Fund, to reflect upcoming changes to CHATS, and to clean up or clarify rules that guide county departments administering the CCCAP program.

Notable changes include:

  • Federal CCDF child care case eligibility requirements:
    • Setting a state-wide eligibility threshold at 85% State Median Income (SMI)
    • Reducing the instances in which a case may be closed during the twelve-month eligibility period
    • Ensuring that families remain eligible during their twelve-month eligibility period regardless of where in the state they reside


  • CHATS system improvements:
    • Changes to the Fiscal Agreement process that removes the need for a county and a child care provider to enter into a new fiscal agreement anytime there is a rate change
    • Simplifying how parent fees are calculated
    • Removing the ability to roll absence payments into the county payment rate, thus increasing transparency on provider payment rates

View the proposed rule changes here. Please note that the rules may be updated to align with pending Colorado legislation regarding the CCCAP program.