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.
•  Parents participating in the RI Works program who need child care to comply with their training/employment plan.
•  Families with income less than 180% FPL in which a parent is attending a short-term training program at least 20 hours a week
•  Short term special-approval child care necessitated by the disability of a parent or child
•  Child must be 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 $10,000 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.

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

Family Size Entry Income Limit (Yearly) Exit Income Limit (Yearly)
1 N/A  N/A
2 $28,836  $36,045
3 $36,288  $45,360
4 $43,470  $54,675
5 $51,192  $63,990
6 $58,644  $73,305

Child Care Co-payment Amount

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% $16,020 $20,160 $24,300
 $0  $0  $0
> 100% – 125% FPL 2% > $16,021 – $20,025 > $20,161 – $25,200 > $24,301 – $30,375
 $6 – $8  $8 – $10  $9 – $12
> 125% – 150% FPL 5% > $20,026 – $24,030 > $25,201 – $30,240 > $30,376 – $36,450
 $19 – $23  $24 – $29  $29 – $35
> 150% – 180% FPL 8% > $24,031 – $28,836 > $30,241 – $36,288 > $36,451 – $43,740
 $37 – $44  $46 – $56  $56 – $67
 > 180 – 200% FPL  10%  > $28,837 – $32,040 > $36,289 – $40,320 > $43,741 – $48,600
 $55 – $62  $70 – $78  $84 – $93
 200 – 225% FPL  14%  > $32,041 – $36,045  > $40,321 – $45,360  > $48,601 – $54,675
 $86 – $97  $109 – $122 $131 – $147