Child Care Executive Partnership
The Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) program is a public/private partnership that helps employers meet the needs of a growing segment of their work force—working parents. Through the program, federal and state funding is used to match contributions from local governments, charitable foundations and/or private businesses on a dollar-for-dollar basis to provide child care services to participating families. The program helps communities expand child care funding for lower-income working families and helps employers increase profits by providing valuable work-life benefits for employees.
How does the program work?
At the state level, the Office of Early Learning oversees funding authorized by the legislature and federal funding from the Child Care and Development Fund. The state CCEP board determines the program’s annual budget, distributes funds to local early learning coalitions and makes policy decisions about administering the program. OEL provides board staff support, marketing and technical assistance. At the local level, early learning coalitions make funding decisions, administer the program, manage contributions and determine eligibility for families who want to participate.
As a business owner, will I be required to open a child care center for my employees?
No. Although on-site child care is a great option for some employers, it may not be feasible for your business. Rather than directly operating a child care facility, business owners can provide funding for child care benefits for employees, who then use their current child care provider or another provider the parent chooses. The local early learning coalition can help you decide which option is best for your business.
Which of my employees can participate?
The CCEP helps employees who are most in need of child care assistance—low to moderate wage-earning or hourly employees whose incomes are directly affected by absenteeism due to child care conflicts. Families whose income is at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to participate. For example, a family of four may earn up to $40,000 annually and still be eligible to participate.
Is there a limit to the number of employees who can participate?
The number of families who participate depends on the amount of funding the employer is willing to contribute to the program and the amount available as matching funds at the local level.
What if I already provide child care as an employee benefit?
Your company can still participate in CCEP. If local funding is available to match the funding you are already dedicating to child care benefits, your company may be able to provide this valuable work-life benefit for more of your employees.
Some of my employees work nights or weekends or require child care before and after school. Does the program cover this type of care?
Yes, depending on availability. You will need to find a child care provider who offers odd-hour or weekend care in your area and is willing to provide child care at the locally established reimbursement rate. Contact your local early learning coalition for information about after-school care for school-age children, odd-hour and weekend care.
How does my company become a participant?
How do I know if my family is eligible to participate?
Assess your eligibility. Low to moderate wage-earning families, at or below 200 percent of poverty, qualify for the program. For example, a family of four may earn up to $40,000 annually and still be eligible to participate.
How much does it cost to participate?
Each early learning coalition has adopted a sliding fee scale that establishes parent fees based on family income. When the child care resource and referral agency conducts an eligibility determination for your family, the agency will determine fees based on income and family size. To get a general idea of how much you would be required to contribute, contact your local early learning coalition.
Can I choose my own child care provider or do I have to enroll in a particular program?
You can use your current child care provider if that provider is willing to participate in the local school readiness child care system. The professionals at your local child care resource and referral agency will be glad to help you locate a quality child care arrangement that meets your family’s needs.
I work nights/weekends (and/or require child care before and after school). Does the program cover this type of care?
Yes, depending on availability. You will need to find a child care provider that offers odd-hour or weekend care and is willing to provide child care at the locally established reimbursement rate. Contact your local early learning coalition for information about afterschool care for school-age children, odd-hour and weekend care. Also, your local early learning coalition can help you find child care that meets your particular needs.
How can I get more information for my employer?
Where may I read more about CCEP?
You may read the most recent annual report.