For information on what constitutes a family for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), see the definition of FAMILY in Chapter 2 (Glossary).
People may remain in the CCAP family while temporarily absent under certain conditions. See Chapter 5.6 (CCAP Family - Temporary Absence).
Child family members who are temporarily absent from the household include children in settings such as schools, foster care, and residential treatment facilities and those who reside in multiple households or only reside in the CCAP household part-time. See Chapter 5.6 (CCAP Family - Temporary Absence).
A dependent adult student is:
A dependent adult student may be considered a dependent member of the family if 50 percent or more of the adult student’s support is provided by PRIs in the household.
To include the adult student as a dependent in the family, the family must verify:
See Chapters 6.6.1 (Individuals with Exempt Earned Income), 7.3 (Verification – Initial Application), 7.6 (Verification – Eligibility Redetermination), 7.9 (Income Verification), and 16.27 (Exempt Earned Income Comparison Sheet).
Agencies may want to set up criteria for determining the level of family support for adult students. One way to determine the percent of support is to:
If the adult student is included in the family, the adult student’s earned and unearned income must be included in determining the household income, unless the adult student is under the age of 19 and has not earned a high school diploma or GED.
When a minor parent(s) and his/her child(ren) are living with other relatives and the minor parent(s) applies for child care assistance, “family” means only the minor parent(s) and their child(ren).
For a legal guardian and eligible relative caregivers to receive child care assistance for a child, the relationship of the child to the guardian or eligible relative caregiver must be verified.
Kinship caregivers (relative custodians) receiving Northstar Kinship Assistance must meet one of the legal guardian definitions above in order to receive child care assistance for the child. If the Kinship caregiver meets one of the legal guardian definitions above, the child is included in the family size. If the Kinship caregiver does not meet one of the legal guardian definitions above, the child is not included in the family size.
There are other situations in which a non-parent caretaker may consider themselves a guardian but are not considered family by CCAP.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has developed a series of case examples to assist you in determining the CCAP family. See Chapter 5.9 (CCAP family composition examples).
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, Subd. 13
Minnesota Rule 3400.0020 Subp. 20