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). 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 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.

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 email to:

Email: WaiteM@bouldercolorado.gov

For further information, please contact Melinda Waite at WaiteM@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-503-6012. Se habla español.

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
  • Denial letter from CCAP
  • 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 Melinda Waite at WaiteM@bouldercolorado.gov 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 be reimbursed by the subsidy for the childcare rate less the family’s daily fee. The childcare rate is determined by the child’s age, the provider’s QRIS 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.