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ISSUE DATE: 04/2018

A child care provider is defined as individuals or centers licensed by a state or tribe, license-exempt centers, and legal nonlicensed individuals providing legal child care services.

CCAP will not pay a provider who lives in the same home as the child.

A licensed individual or a licensed center must have a valid child care license issued by a state or a tribe and provide child care services in the licensing state or in the area under the tribe’s jurisdiction.

A legal nonlicensed child care provider must be at least 18 years of age and not a member of the MFIP assistance unit or a member of the family receiving child care assistance.

CCAP parents have a right to choose their child care provider. Each family can use up to two providers that can be paid by CCAP, one primary provider and one secondary provider. Parents choose their children’s primary and secondary provider and they may choose a different primary and secondary provider for each child in the family. See Chapter 9.1.9 (Authorizing care – Multiple providers).

There are 4 different types of providers:

  • · Licensed family child care providers. See Chapter 11.3.
  • · Licensed centers. See Chapter 11.3.
  • · License exempt centers. See Chapter 11.6.
  • · Legal nonlicensed providers. See Chapter 11.9.
  • The Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Provider Guide DHS-5260-ENG (PDF) is a tool available to CCAP child care providers; it may be referenced by CCAP workers if needed during discussions with CCAP providers or for informational purposes.

    Legal authority

    Minnesota Statutes 119B.09
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.097
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, Subd. 19
    Minnesota Statutes 119B.125
    Minnesota Rules 3400.0035, Subp. 7 & 8

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