Child Care Program Office Broadcast: Waiver of Family Co-Payments

May 27, 2021

The following broadcast was released by the Alaska Child Care Program Office on May 25, 2021

The Child Care Program Office (CCPO) has identified Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) savings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and decreases in child care attendance. As a return, the CCPO would like to provide additional support to families through a waiver of family co-payments (co-pays). 

The CCPO is pleased to announce co-pays are waived for the months of June, July, August, and September 2021 for families who have been issued a State of Alaska Child Care Assistance Authorization.  The amount of the co-pay that is waived will be based on the previous month’s co-pay, so if the amount of a family’s co-pay changes during this period the family may still owe the difference to the provider.

In partnership with child care providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), providers will help to support families by applying the co-pay amount received from the CCPO to family accounts for the service months of June, July, August, and September 2021, or the month after depending on the child care provider’s accounting system.

The amount paid by the CCPO will be the co-pay amount identified on the family’s authorization document for each month prior to the billing month because the CCPO processes payments to child care providers the month after care is provided. Child Care providers may continue to collect from families any amounts in excess of the reimbursable rate and co-pays paid by the CCPO.

When child care providers submit their monthly request for payment CC78 forms to the CCPO for the care provided in the months of May, June, July, and August (submitted in June, July, August, and September) the CCPO automatically will pay the monthly co-pay amount at the same time.  Child care providers do not need submit any additional documentation.

Examples for different families:

Service month/year (month/year child was in care)    Family Co-pay Amount    Provider submits a Request for Payment CC78 form to the CCPOCCPO Processes payment to the provider, including the family’s co-payProvider applies co-pay payment amount paid by the CCPO, to family’s account
May 2021      $250June 2021June 2021June 2021 or the month after
June 2021$75July 2021July 2021July 2021 or the month after
July 2021$425August 2021August 2021August 2021 or the month after
August 2021$50September 2021September 2021September 2021 or the month after
*Co-pays will not be paid to child care providers in situations in which a child
did not attend at least one day of care in the service month they are requesting payment for.

If you have questions about the information in this broadcast, please contact the Child Care Program Office at [email protected] or 907-269-4500 and request to speak to someone from the Eligibility and Benefits Team regarding the waiver of family co-pays broadcast notification.

Thank you,

Alaska Division of Public Assistance, Child Care Assistance Program