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Child Care Assistance Program




The Child Care Council of Kentucky is dedicated to helping parents find child care that is appropriate for their family.  The high cost of quality child care takes up a great part of a parents' income.  The Child Care Assistance Program 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.


You may qualify if you have a child under the age of thirteen, or age thirteen or older with a special need, and:

  • You are working at least 20 hours a week and meet current income guidelines; or
  • You attend school and work a minimum of 20 hours a week; or
  • You are a teen attending high school or obtaining a GED; or
  • You are a TANF recipient in a work component; or
  • Your family receives or needs to receive protective or preventative services.


A licensed provider; or

A provider with the Division of Child Care and who is caring for three or less children.  A background screening and training must be completed before becoming eligible to receive payment.

If you require assistance in locating quality child care, your eligibility specialist can assist you, or you can call 1-877-316-3552.


Eligibility for full or partial payment of quality child care costs is based upon:

Family size and gross monthly income.

There is a max amount that may be paid to a provider for each day of care provided.  This amount varies depending upon where you live in Kentucky.

The "co-payment" is the portion of the state rate that the parents/guardians pay based upon the family's income before taxes and the size of the family.

The parents/guardians are responsible for the payment of the "co-payment" to the child care provider.  If the child care provider charges more than the state rate for that area, the difference between the provider rate and the state rate is called an overage.  The parents/guardians are responsible for paying any "co-payments" and overages.


Child care providers receive payment directly from the DCC for payment of the state rate.  Parents/guardians are responsible for paying the "co-payment" and/or overages charged by the child care provider.


During the application interview, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Documentation of birth dates for children for whom benefits are requested.
  • Proof of identity of the applicant.
  • Social Security Numbers for all household members.
  • Proof of citizenship if not established by birth verification.
  • Verification of residence and household composition.
  • If child is of age thirteen or older and care is requested, proof of special needs is required.
  • If a child is not in school and is cared for by a registered provider, an immunization certificate is required.
  • Verification of all earned and unearned income.



PHONE:  859-254-9176

TOLL FREE:  800-809-7076

FAX:  859-225-5435



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