Child Care

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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 are reviewing 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. Approval of Minnesota’s plan is expected in August. 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, or to get a copy of the plan and related documents, send your question or request to dhs.child.care@state.mn.us.

2014-15 Child Care and Development Fund Plan available

Minnesota’s application to the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) describes how more than $80 million in state and federal funds will be spent to provide low-income families with access to child care and improve the quality of that care. A PDF of the 180-page, two-year plan is available by sending an email request specifying “2014–15 CCDF Plan” in the subject line to dhs.child.care@state.mn.us.

What’s New?

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.

Effective February 2016 a new accreditation has been approved. The newly approved accreditation is the National Lutheran School Accreditation.

See the Quality Differential Rate Request Form for all approved accreditations.

Accrediting organizations interested in seeking approval are required to apply. The application process will be open again in July 2016. Read this FAQ (PDF) to learn more.

If you have questions, email: dhs.ccap@state.mn.us.


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