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How to Apply for CCCAP

A step by step guide for applying for Child Care Assistance (CCCAP) through Colorado.gov/PEAK

Information to gather before starting the application:

  • Full names, DOBs, and SSNs for the people applying for benefits.
  • If someone is working, paycheck stubs for that person’s job(s). PEAK
    will ask how much each person makes at their job, how often they are
    paid, and how many hours they work.
  • Benefit check stubs or award letters for types of income, such as Social
    Security, Supplemental Security income (SSI), of Child Support. They will
    ask when these types of benefits started, how much is received, and
    how often it is received.
  • If someone is self-employed, last year’s tax return for their
    self-employment (if they held taxes for the business)
  • How much you pay each month for housing (ex: rent, lot rent, mortgage,
    property taxes, or homeowner’s insurance).
  • How much you pay for utilities (examples: electricity, gas, phone, water,
    and trash removal).
  • How much you pay for someone’s care (example: day care for children)
    and who provides the care.
  • If you’re over the age of 60, gather the amount of out-of-pocket medical
    expense you pay. Keep in mind that if you don’t have a way to get the
    information, the county office will be able to help you get that

Visit https://colorado.gov/PEAK and select “Apply for benefits” to begin.




  • You will have the option to “Create PEAK Account” or “Apply as a guest”

  • We recommend creating an account so you can save your application and return to it later.




  • When you create an account, you will need to enter an email address or mobile number, select “Next,”

  • Then create a password according to their guidelines, click “Sign up” at the bottom of the screen.

  • You will be asked to verify your email address or phone number by sending a code and inputting the code on the website.



  • On the screen that says “Finish your profile,” Input your personal information, select “Next”.

  • A screen will pop up that says “You’re all set” confirming your # and email. Click “Finish” at the bottom of the screen to complete registration.

  • Select “Apply for benefits”


  • A screen will pop up notifying you that their website is under construction. Select “Continue”



  • Select the fifth option “Child Care Assistance (CCCAP)” and then select “Next”.



  • Provide information about your name, your address, and mailing address.



  • Complete the “People in the Household” page

  • Select “Child Care Assistance (CCAP)”



  • Provide information about how you are related and confirm that you are a US citizen, provide your SSN.



  • You will need to provide information about the other parent of your child/children. If you don’t know, you can leave it blank.



  • Confirm whether any members of your household are currently incarcerated or not.



  • Provide information about whether you are blind or disabled. Then answer the questions about what current benefits you are receiving.



  • Confirm that the information you provided about your household members and
    what current benefits you are or aren’t receiving is correct.



  • Provide information about any cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit, retirement accounts, trust funds, annuities, etc. for all members of the household and select from the options in the bottom right hand corner.

Other liquid assets include:

-  ABLE Account -  Reverse annuity mortgage
-  Custodial Account -  Other Liquid Assets
-  Bonds -  Pass Account
-  Annuity—irrevocable -  Retirement Fund
-  Proceeds on sale of home -  Notes
-  PASS Account (not comingled) -  Rent Securities
-  Trusts -  Investments
-  CDs, Money Market, IRAs -  Stocks
-  Money Market Account -  Safety deposit box contents


  • For anyone in the household who is currently or was recently receiving income from a job, self-employment, or receiving goods in exchange for work, select “Yes” for the applicable income type.

  • If anyone in the household is employed, select their name and click “Add” then you will be prompted to add more details



  • Confirm whether any other household members are receiving additional income.



  • Confirm whether anyone in your home needs assistance in child care or making child support payments.



  • “Other Bills” such as Child or Adult Care or Medical Costs may be considered as part of assessing financial eligibility. Standard Medical Expense deductions are available for the elderly or disabled.



  • Provide information on school enrollment or training programs any members in your household may be enrolled in.



  • If anyone in your household is in work, school, or training that prevents them from providing childcare, select their name and add them.



  • Then you will be prompted to add how many hours they spend on work, school, or training every day.



  • The “Signing Your Application” page begins with an option to register to vote. A scroll bar to the right needs to be used to review the “What I Should Know” rights and responsibilities.
  • It is important that the client carefully reviews this section including Rights & Responsibilities and requirements to report changes.



  • An interview with a worker is required to complete the Food Assistance application. Checking the box and typing name as signature attests to information provided and that Rights and Responsibilities has been read.



  • A “Thank You!” page will display with an application tracking number which serves as a receipt. Blue hyperlinks provide additional information such as application processing timelines and printing options.

  • You will need to complete an interview with a county employee to determine eligibility. They will contact you to arrange it either in person or over the phone.

What to expect after submitting your application:

  • In most cases, the county human services office has 30 days to determine your
  • If you have less than $100 in cash and less than $150 in monthly earnings, or if
    your housing expenses exceed your monthly income or if you are a migrant or
    seasonal farm worker, you may be eligible for expedited SNAP benefits within 7

You may need an interview over the phone. If you prefer, you can request an interview in person.  If an interview is needed, the county human services office may:

  • If you included a phone number on your application, a worker may attempt to call you at the phone number you provided when your application is received.
  • If the worker cannot reach you when attempting to call, you will receive a notice
    of the date and time of a scheduled interview.
  • Follow the instructions on the interview notice for how to:
    • Attend your interview at the scheduled date and time
    • Reschedule your interview if the scheduled date and time is not convenient for you

You may need to provide documents verifying your situation and you can provide them in the following ways:

  • Upload them to your PEAK account on colorado.gov/PEAK
  • Upload them to your MyCOBenefits application on your mobile device
  • Provide them to your county human services office location
  • Mail them to the mailing address on your county’s letterhead or website

You will be provided an EBT card by mail or in-person so you can access your SNAP