You must inform all MFIP applicants and participants of the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) services available to them. Minnesota law requires counties to:
Insure that child care services available to eligible residents are well advertised.
Inform all MFIP applicants and participants of training and employment opportunities and programs, including child care assistance and child care resource and referral services.
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Minnesota has a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for each region in the state. In the metro area there is a CCR&R agency for each county. State law requires these agencies to provide up to date information on all types of licensed child care, including family day care, center care, half-day programs, Head Start, drop-in programs, and school-age programs.
Clients calling the designated CCR&R agency for their area will receive a computerized list matching their child care needs to those providers with openings to meet their needs. Information includes hours of care needed, ages of children, openings, rates, location, school districts, pets, smoking or non-smoking, special needs, training of provider, transportation, and program philosophy.
Clients will receive detailed information, both through phone counseling and written materials, on how to choose child care, parents’ rights in choosing care, indicators of quality, how to set up a good parent/provider interview, and how to negotiate a good parent/provider contract.
For more information on the CCR&R program or agencies, contact the Child Care Resource and Referral Grants Administrator, Partnership for Child Development, DHS.