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Child Care Assistant Program FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Child Care Assistant Program (CCAP).

Program Eligibility

I'm a full-time student and my child lives with my ex. I meet the Pell Grant requirements. Am I eligible for CCAP?

Your child's eligibility for coverage by TCC's CCAP is based upon your child's legal primary residence.

If your child's primary residence is with your ex (who is not a TCC student), you would not be eligible for TCC's CCAP. 

I have joint custody and meet the program requirements. Am I eligible for CCAP?

Joint custody requires a case-by-case review. Contact our CCAP enrollment specialist for additional information at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

Am I eligible if I'm enrolled in Continuing Education or workforce training programs?

Currently, only students pursing an associate degree or certificate linked to an associate degree are eligible for the TCC's CCAP.

If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the enrollment specialist for more information at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

Is there a limit to how many of my children can be covered by CCAP?

No, as long as each child is within the eligible age range:

  • 12 years of age or younger;
  • 18 years of age or younger if the child has medically documented disabilities.

Does CCAP cover infant care?

Yes, some facilities provide infant care. Contact the enrollment specialist for additional information at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

About Childcare

Is there a minimum number of hours per day my child(ren) will need to be in childcare?

Part-time and full-time options are available.

The minimum number of hours will vary based on each childcare center.

Does CCAP include providing children meals while they are at the childcare center?

Yes, meals and snacks are provided for all children in attendance with our partnered childcare centers.

Is TCC child care assistance offered for evening and weekend classes?

TCC's CCAP is available for evening, weekend, and online classes. However, childcare availability will vary by facility, with only a small percentage of available care in the evenings and on weekends.

A family/friend watches my child(ren). Can I continue to use them as my childcare facility?

No, you will need to use an approved TCC childcare center.

My child already attends a daycare. Can they continue there?

Yes, if the childcare center is one of the TCC approved locations.

If it is not, contact the enrollment specialist or program coordinator for additional information at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

What happens if I need to unenroll/withdraw my child?

You should have a discussion with the program coordinator before you withdraw your child from your chosen childcare center.

Payments and processes will need to be completed.

Applying to CCAP

How will TCC determine how much I have to pay?

Childcare costs for CCAP are based on a sliding scale determined by your Pell Grant Expected Family Contribution (EFC) award eligibility range.

Your co-payment will be paid directly to the childcare center on a weekly basis.

Will CCAP cover other childcare fees? (Late pickup, late payment, etc.)

No, CCAP will not cover fees other than the agreed upon percentage for the cost of childcare.

How long after I apply until I hear if I will receive TCC childcare assistance?

Our CCAP team is working as quickly as possible to process your application in a timely manner. Applications with completed information and required documentation are processed sooner.

Contact our CCAP enrollment specialist if you have questions at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

Maintaining Eligibility

If I drop a class and fall below the 9 hour requirement, will my childcare still be covered?

You should have a discussion with the program coordinator before dropping any classes, as this may impact your childcare coverage.

If I receive TCC childcare assistance and then have to take a break in my coursework to work, can I continue to participate in the program?

If you have a break in enrollment at TCC, you will need to reapply for the program.

There are provisions for the summer terms. For details on summer eligibility and requirements, contact the program coordinator or enrollment specialist at childcare.help@tccd.edu.

If I am granted TCC childcare assistance and then I fail to meet the cumulative GPA requirements, will I immediately be dropped from receiving childcare assistance?

You will have one probationary term to get your grades back up to meet program requirements.

If you fail to meet the cumulative GPA requirements after that probationary term, at any time for the duration of your degree/certificate program at TCC, you will be automatically dropped from receiving childcare assistance.

If I am unable to meet with the project coordinator at least 3 times per semester (as stated in the requirements), will I lose my childcare assistance?

We will make it easy for you to connect with the project coordinator to ensure all participants are able to have the required 3 touch points as mandated by TCC's CCAP. These touch points may include emails, phone calls and texts, in addition to face-to-face meetings.

Am I obligated to participate in the family enrichment sessions if I receive TCC childcare assistance? How often do I need to participate?

Yes. The grant mandates that TCC childcare assistance recipients participate in a minimum of 3 family enrichment sessions per academic year.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide useful information and access to resources that will help student-parents achieve personal and academic success.

Is there an appeal process if I lose my TCC childcare assistance?

TCC has an appeal process in place to review every case, as needed, on an individual basis.

Updated June 02, 2022