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3 Applications

ISSUE DATE: 10/2018

Before a family can receive child care assistance, they must complete an application and meet eligibility requirements. The application must be signed and dated by at least one parent, step-parent, legal guardian or eligible relative caregiver who resides in the household.

Do not require a new application for a family moving from one child care sub-program to another when there is no interruption in service. See Chapter 4.3 (CCAP Subprograms).

If more than one CCAP family is living in the same household, each family must apply separately.

Applying for CCAP

There are three ways a family can apply for child care assistance. The method the family uses depends on their situation and the program(s) they are applying for.

  • · The Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Application DHS-3550 can be completed when the family is applying for CCAP only.
  • The application is available on eDocs in Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese for families requiring an application in another language.
  • · DHS-3550-HMN (PDF) Hmong
  • · DHS-3550-RUS (PDF) Russian
  • · DHS-3550-SOM (PDF) Somali
  • · DHS-3550-SPA (PDF) Spanish
  • · DHS-3550-VIE (PDF) Vietnamese
  • · The Combined Application – Child Care Addendum DHS-5223D can be completed when the family is applying for cash and/or SNAP or if a Combined Application Form DHS-5223 was completed and approved within the past 90 days. See Chapter 3.9 (Combined Application – Child Care Addendum).
  • · ApplyMN, Minnesota’s online application system, can be completed when the family is applying for CCAP only or when the family is applying for cash and/or SNAP with CCAP. ApplyMN is online at
  • When a person contacts your agency

    Your agency must have staff available during office hours to answer program questions and advise people of their right to file an application. See Chapter 3.3 (Assistance Requests).

    Advise the person of his or her right to file an application, how and where to apply, and if necessary assist the person with the application. Give or mail the person an application. See Chapter 3.3 (Assistance Requests) for the list of forms and information to include in the application packet.

    Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.02, Subd. 4

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.025, Subd. 1

    Minnesota Rules 3400.0035

    Minnesota Rules 3400.0060

    Minnesota Rules 3400.0040

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