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.

2016-18 Child Care and Development Fund Plan public review and input period in process

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 became law, reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Fund for the first time in 18 years. This reauthorization made changes to protect the health and safety of children in child care, promote continuity of access to subsidy for low-income families, better inform parents and the general public about child care choices, and improve the overall quality of early care and education.

The 2016–18 Child Care and Development Fund Plan describes how the grant will be administered by each state, from Jun. 1, 2016 through Sep. 30, 2018. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is the lead agency administrating our state’s CCDF Plan. Our plan identifies program and policy changes which will need to be implemented in order to comply with changes to federal law. Please note, however, that many of these changes will require approval by the Minnesota Legislature prior to implementation.

We encourage all interested parties to review and provide input on our proposed 2016–18 CCDF Plan and attachments during the official comment period, from Dec. 11, 2015 through Jan. 11, 2016. Official comments may be submitted using our CCDF Plan comment form, or by mail to Child Development Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services, P.O. Box 64962, St. Paul, MN 55164-0962. The official comment period is part of a process to finalize our 2016–18 CCDF Plan. The final CCDF Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in March 2016.

One of many ways to provide feedback on the proposed 2016–18 CCDF Plan is our public hearing, which was held on Fri. Dec. 11, 2015. Among the items discussed at this meeting was our proposed 2016-18 CCDF Plan, attachments to our plan , a summary of key changes in state child care policies and procedures, and a record of 28 stakeholder input meetings held throughout 2015. A copy of the public hearing PowerPoint presentation with notes is also available.

You may view the 2016–18 CCDF Plan public hearing by watching the video recording online. It is available here: http://tinyurl.com/CCDF-Plan-Recorded.

To test video-streaming technology on your computer (click "Watch us Live"): http://www.house.leg.state.mn.us/

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter for information on the 2016–18 CCDF Plan. Look for the hashtag #mnCCDF for posts related to our CCDF Plan.

Please email dhs.CCDFreform@state.mn.us if you have general questions about the public hearing or the CCDF Plan process.

The official comment period for our 2016–18 CCDF Plan is closing soon! Please submit all comments on the plan by using the official comment form, or by mail to the address above. Once again, the comment period closes on Mon. Jan. 11, 2016, and our final plan will be submitted in March, 2016.

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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