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Bill Detail: HB24-1223

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Title Improved Access to the Child Care Assistance Program
Status House Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/12/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
House Sponsors J. Willford (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors L. Cutter (D)
House Committee Health and Human Services
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/07/2024

The bill overhauls the Colorado child care assistance program
(CCCAP). The bill simplifies the application process by:
  • Creating a universal application;
  • Limiting the application information to only what is
necessary to determine eligibility;
  • Prohibiting counties from adding additional eligibility
requirements; and
  • When applying for redetermination, requiring the recipients
to provide only information that has changed.
The bill creates presumptive eligibility for 90 days when basic
federal requirements are met that are verified through self-attestation.
Income qualifications are changed to correspond with universal preschool
program requirements. A county may exclude state and federal assistance
program income eligibility guidelines in eligibility determinations.
An employee of a child care provider may apply to the CCCAP
and be granted full benefits for children from 6 weeks of age to 13 years
of age, regardless of the employee's income.
The bill directs that child care providers be paid based on
enrollment and not on attendance and be paid a weekly rate in advance.
Employers are permitted to cover copayments, and copayments are
limited to 7% of a family's income. The bill authorizes grants and
contracts for underserved populations.
The bill lists the crimes that disqualify a child care provider from
becoming qualified as license-exempt. Family child care home providers
are included as eligible providers.
A CCCAP recipient is required to engage in an eligible activity to
receive benefits. The bill includes substance use disorder treatment
programs, job training, and education activities as eligible activities.
The department of early childhood education (department) is
directed to evaluate the costs and benefits of a statewide reimbursement
The bill directs the department to administer the child and adult
care food program (CACFP). A participant's eligibility for CACFP must
not be based on being qualified as exempt in CCCAP. The department
shall develop, implement, and oversee an alternative eligibility process
for participation in CACFP that is specifically tailored for license-exempt
family, friend, or neighbor providers.

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