Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance Program, CCAP, pays for all or part of costs of child care for children under the age of 13.

Who Qualifies?

  • Families with income less than 180% of the federal poverty level (FPL) in which parent/caretaker relative is working at least 20 hours a week. Once a family is receiving CCAP services, they can continue to participate until income exceeds 225% FPL. See below for the “entry” and “exit” income limits.
  • Families with income less than 180% FPL in which a parent is attending certain short-term (up to 12 months) training programs at least 20 hours a week.
  • Short term special-approval child care necessitated by the disability of a parent or child.
  • Child must be a citizen or eligible immigrant. Eligible immigrants include lawful permanent residents (LPR), refugees, persons granted asylum, and other immigrants lawfully residing in the U.S.

Income and Resource Limits

The resource limit is $1,000,000 in liquid resources (money in the bank, money market accounts, etc.). Income must be within the limits below.

Other Program Rules

As a condition of eligibility, the parent must cooperate with the Office of Child Support Services to establish a child support order against the non-custodial parent(s) of all children in the family, whether or not the child is receiving the child care subsidy. The parent can request a waiver from cooperation based on domestic violence and will be referred to the Family Violence Option Advocacy Program (Spanish) for safety-planning and to prove eligibility for the waiver.

Families pay a co-payment based on family size and income (see chart below). There is only one co-payment regardless of the number of children in the family receiving the subsidy.

NEW: Pilot Program Available for Parents Enrolled in Higher Education (October 1, 2021)

The State’s FY22 Enacted Budget includes funding for a pilot program extending Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) eligibility to families where a parent requires child care in order to enroll or maintain enrollment in a Rhode Island public institution of higher education.
This pilot program is available from October 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. DHS estimates that funding allocated for the pilot will provide benefits for approximately 20 children. Families that are eligible for this pilot program will be certified for a 12-month period.
 
Requirements for participation in the pilot include:
  • Meeting CCAP eligibility guidelines
  • Enrollment in a degree program at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC) or the University of Rhode Island (URI)
  • Enrollment in a minimum of seven (7) credit hours during the semester of application
Note: In a two-parent household, one parent may be eligible for the pilot program provided the non-college student parent is working an average of 20 hours per week in a month and earning an average of the state minimum wage per hour or is enrolled in an education and training program that meets the Child Care for Training requirements.
 
Families interested in applying for this pilot program can sign-up using the online Customer Portal, by phone or by filling out a paper application. Click here for application information.

Eligible Providers

Parent can choose any of the following type of participating provider:

•  Licensed day care center
•  Certified family home day care
•  Approved relative, friend or neighbor

For assistance finding a provider, call BrightStars at 1-855-398-7605. Services available in English and Spanish. You may also search online at Exceed.ri.gov.

How to Apply

Apply online or fill out a paper application. For application information click here. You can also call 1 (855) 697-4347 to request an application or go to a local DHS office. No interview is required but documentation of certain information must be provided. Applicants must be notified of a decision in writing within 30 days from the date the application and required documentation is received by DHS. Families are re-certified for CCAP once a year.

Applicants who are denied CCAP and recipients who are notified that the subsidy will be reduced or terminated can request a hearing in writing within 30 days of the date on the notice. RI Legal Services (1-800-662-5034) may be able to provide assistance to families denied or terminated from CCAP.

Income Guidelines, Child Care (June 2021)

Family Size Entry Income Limit (Yearly) Exit Income Limit (Yearly) Entry Income Limit (Monthly)  Exit Income Limit (Monthly)
1 N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
2 $31,356  $39,195 $2,613 $3,266
3 $39,528  $49,410 $3,294 $4,118
4 $47,700  $59,625 $3,975 $4,969
5 $55,872  $69,840 $4,656 $5,820
6 $64,044  $80,955 $5,337 $6,746

Child Care Co-payment Amount (June 2021)

Income Level % of Income Assigned
as Co-pay (CP)
Family Size 2 Family Size 3 Family Size 4
 Yearly Income  Yearly Income  Yearly Income
 Weekly Co-Pay  Weekly Co-Pay  Weekly Co-Pay
< 100% FPL 0% $17,420 $21,960 $26,500
 $0  $0  $0
100% – 125% FPL 2% > $17,421 – $21,775 > $21,961 – $27,450 > $26,501 – $33,125
 $7 – $8  $8 – $11  $10 – $13
125% – 150% FPL 5% > $21,776 – $26,130 > $27,451- $32,940 > $33,126 – $39,750
 $21 – $25  $26 – $32  $32 – $38
150% – 180% FPL 8% > $26,130 – $31,356 > $32,941 – $39,528 > $39,751 – $47,700
 $40 – $48  $51 – $61  $61 – $73
180 – 200% FPL 10%  > $31,356 – $34,840 > $39,529 – $43,920 > $47,701 – $53,000
 $60 – $67  $76 – $84  $92 – $102
 200 – 225% FPL 14%  > $34,841 – $39,195  > $43,921 – $49,410  > $53,001 – $59,625
 $94 – $106  $118 – $133 $143 – $161