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Child Care Subsidies

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The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) program provides financial assistance to qualifying low-income families in Boulder, who are not eligible for Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). CCS subsidies are contingent on available funds.

Who is eligible?

  • Applicants must be working or in an eligible school/training activity.
  • Applicants must live in the city of Boulder.
  • Applicants must have applied to and been denied from CCAP. A denial letter from CCAP must accompany the application.
  • Applicants must be under 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level for their family size. 
  • Applicant's child care provider must be located in Boulder County, preferably within the city of Boulder.

What do you need to apply for CCS?

  • Proof of residency in the City of Boulder: a copy of recent utility bill, rental agreement or lease
  • Completed application 
  • Denial letter from CCAP 
  • 30 days of income verification and/or proof of participation in an eligible school/training activity.
  • Send the required documentation via mail, fax or email to:

Child Care Subsidy Program
2160 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80302

Fax: 303-441-4348

Email: [email protected]

For further information, please contact Melinda Barnes at [email protected] or 303-503-6012. Se habla español. 

Upon approval:

A Daily Family Fee is assessed based upon the applicant's income information and family size. This fee will be paid directly to the childcare provider by the family. The provider will receive reimbursement for the child care rates dependent upon their QRIS rating, the child's age and full time/part time care needs.

  • Authorization for subsidy recipients is for one year or less determined by the program and the need of the family.
  • You are responsible for notifying the CCS program within 30 days of any changes to your circumstances such as: new address, new telephone number, new child care provider, new income information, or a different child care schedule. Failure to inform the program of these changes can result in disenrollment from the program and payment of any fees accrued once disenrolled.