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

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be and adult or teen caretaker/parent/guardian that is in an eligible activity:

  • Employed or self-employed
  • Job searching (up to 90 days)
  • Enrolled in vocational training or Post-secondary Educational Activities (up to a first bachelor’s degree)
  • A teen parent enrolled in school, GED, ESL or vocational training
  • Families receiving Colorado Works/TANF benefits

Program Requirements

  • Child(ren) 0-12 years old
  • Applicants must live in the City of Boulder
  • Ineligibility for CCAP due to residency status or income (up to 375 percent of the Federal Poverty Level for their household size)
  • Applicant's child care provider must be located in Boulder County, preferably within the city of Boulder
  • Eligible for up to 6 years of care per child with redetermination every 12 months
  • Ability to pay a portion of care or parent fee based on household income

Apply for the Child Care Subsidy Program

What you need to apply

  • Proof of residency in the City of Boulder: a copy of recent utility bill, rental agreement or lease
  • Completed application
  • 30 days of income verification and/or proof of participation in an eligible school/training activity.

Where to send your application

Send the required documentation via email to:

For further information, please contact Wanda Pelegrina Caldas at 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 child care provider by the family. The provider will be reimbursed by the subsidy for the child care rate less the family’s daily fee. The child care rate is determined by the child’s age, the provider’s state quality rating and the child’s full time or 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.