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High-quality child care that is available and affordable is important to children’s healthy development and families’ self-sufficiency and peace-of-mind. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps income-eligible families pay for child care, and helps child care and other early learning programs improve the quality of care they offer.
Are you a family looking for help paying for child care or more information about the Child Care Assistance Program please visit the new child care assistance page.
Are you a family looking for information about child care and early education or help finding child care please visit the new page for finding quality child care.
Are you a child care program or provider interested in learning more about the Child Care Assistance Program or serving children through the Child Care Assistance Program? Please visit our partners and providers child care assistance page.
Are you an early learning or school age care professional looking for grants, scholarships, training and education, consultation, coaching, mentoring, or technical assistance to improve the quality of care and education you offer? To learn more about supports offered through funding from DHS see child care quality services.
Community partners can also learn more about the Child Care Assistance Program on the partners and providers child care assistance page. Facts, figures and reports about the child care assistance program and early care and education and school age care are available on our child care research page.
Minnesota’s 2016-18 Child Care and Development Fund Plan submitted
Officials at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services have conditionally approved Minnesota’s Child Care and Development Fund Plan. The document specifies ways Minnesota plans to invest state and federal dollars to help families with low incomes obtain child care so they can work or go to school, and improve the quality of that care for everyone. The plan also identifies changes Minnesota will make to promote coordination among early childhood development and after-school programs, meet heightened health and safety standards, provide consumers with information on licensing and program quality, and comply with other federal guidelines. Minnesota’s Child Care and Development Fund Plan guides work at the Minnesota Department of Human Services and other state agencies for three years, beginning October 1, 2015. For further information send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of the Minnesota’s 2016-18 CCDF Plan is now available to view.
Minnesota’s 2016-18 Child Care and Development Fund Plan updates
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has made progress towards meeting the new federal requirements in the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Fund. This includes a comprehensive consumer education website, training for child care providers serving homeless families and emergency planning materials. The Federal Office of Child Care released the final regulations for the Child Care and Development Fund program to provide additional clarity for states to address changes that were made as part of the reauthorization of the federal law.
The department will continue to provide updates on meeting the goals outlined in its state Child Care and Development Fund Plan. A copy of Minnesota’s 2016-18 CCDF Plan is now available to view.
Video explains initiatives, development opportunities in childhood education
The Minnesota Department of Human Services recently released a short video for early childhood and school-age educators on the federal Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, which helped build Develop, Minnesota’s Quality Improvement and Registry Tool. The video walks through the registration, frequently asked questions, and tools available to early childhood educators when using Develop. More information on early childhood programs can be found on the department’s Partners and providers page, including information on trainings, conferences and licensing.
List of accreditations for the Child Care Assistance Program rate differential
The Minnesota Department of Human Services approves accreditations for child care centers and school-age programs to qualify for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) 15 percent rate differential.
The approved accreditations are listed on the Quality Differential Rate Request Form. Accrediting organizations interested in seeking approval are required to apply. The application process is currently closed and will be open again in July, 2017.
Consumer education resources
The Parent Aware Website has been expanded to include new information for families with young children. This includes financial assistance programs, medical and health programs, housing assistance, resources on child development and more.
Along with the new website information, this information will be available in print. Order them through the Minnesota Department of Human Services eDocs system.