CCCAP Forum Recap

by Maureen Woods, Director of Quality Initiatives

Maureen Woods

We all know that the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) is a complex system with lots of moving parts, but we also know that it is necessary to serve the children who need early childhood education the most. CCCAP was designed to supplement the cost of child care while parents are in school, working, or looking for employment. The cost of quality child care continues to rise along with the cost of living, and CCCAP is a valuable program that allows access to high quality child care that families might otherwise not be able to access.

Fortunately, Denver County was one of the first to initiate tiered reimbursement based on the quality of the child care program, which has assisted in encouraging high-quality providers to accept CCCAP families. As child care providers, we also know that each family served by CCCAP has their own unique set of circumstances, and though there can be an occasional bump in the road, the goal is always to provide seamless care for the child and family.

In June of this year the Council held our third annual Denver CCCAP Forum in partnership with Denver Human Services. The CCCAP forums were established in 2015 as a way for Denver child care providers to come together annually to learn about important updates, such as legislation and policy affecting CCCAP, tiered reimbursement rate information, fiscal agreement processes, Point of Service (POS) training schedules and options, forecasts of what to expect in each coming year, and more.

Perhaps most importantly, the forums provide an opportunity each year for child care providers ranging from large, multi-site centers to small family child care homes to come together and share their peer-to-peer experiences and ideas about how to work effectively with CCCAP.

At this year’s forums, we collected valuable input directly from the providers who attended by simply asking them what they do in their programs to support the best possible service for CCCAP families. Here is what the group came up with: 6 Provider Peer Tips for Managing CCAP

If you missed the forums, but would like to stay updated and participate in conversations about how to improve the CCCAP experience for your program and families, the Denver CCAP Collaborative* provides opportunities throughout the year to connect with other child care providers and with the CCAP team at Denver Human Services. *NOTE: the extra “C” is removed from this acronym not to be confusing, but because it just refers to the Child Care Assistance Program in Denver County!

Here’s what to expect at Collaborative meetings:

  • Networking and problem-solving opportunities with other providers – hear their ideas and experiences with CCAP
  • Information about policy/procedure changes, trainings and any other important CCAP updates
  • Ask questions/get clarification on CCAP issues

Email with Denver CCAP Collaborative in the subject line to be added to the reminder list. Participating in the Denver CCAP Collaborative is the best way, as a provider, to stay updated on changes happening in the CCAP program that will impact your program. Reminders are sent out prior to each meeting, and there is an option to call in remotely if you cannot attend in person. Visit our Events calendar regularly to stay up to date on upcoming collaborative meetings.

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