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Child Care Assistance Program
Qualifying families eligible for help
It is important to know that your child is well cared for while you are at work or going to school. One of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent or guardian is choosing quality, affordable child care. Children are special and unique and deserve the best start possible so that they are ready to learn when they enter school.
Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can help to make quality child care affordable for income-eligible families. All families will have a copayment based on their gross income and family size. Child Care Assistance is available to:
Family size, family income and participation in authorized activities are considered. The amount of available funding also may be a factor. In some Minnesota counties there is a waiting list (PDF) for access to day care under the Basic Sliding Fee program.
Counties use these copayment schedules DHS-6413B (PDF).
There are maximum reimbursement amounts for child care providers who serve families participating in CCAP. Maximum reimbursement rates vary by the age of the child, the type of provider, and the location where care is provided. The rate paid to a provider caring for a child through CCAP cannot be higher than their typical private pay charge. For specific maximum rates see:
Applying for the Child Care Assistance Program
Minnesotans in need of child care assistance should contact their county human services office to apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). To find out more information about CCAP, see the brochure Do you need help paying for child care?
Results of 2012 market rate survey available
The Minnesota Department of Human Services conducts a statewide survey of the rates charged by licensed family child care and licensed center child care providers. This market rate survey, Results of the 2012 Child Care Market Rate Survey: Minnesota Child Care Provider Business Update, is used to inform the setting of maximum subsidy rates in the Child Care Assistance Program. The previous issue of this same report is also available here: Results of the 2011 Child Care Market Rate Survey.
Help with child care services available for some military families
Some families receiving CCAP (Child Care Assistance Program) with a parent who is an active duty soldier in the National Guard or the Army Reserve may be eligible for additional fee assistance from the U.S. Army, which offers child care assistance to families who do not live on or near a military base. Further information about this option for eligible Army families is available by calling Minnesota’s Child Care Resource and Referral Information Line at 888-291-9811, or by visiting http://www.mnchildcare.org/. Minnesota has one of the largest amounts of deployed National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers in the country, according to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). In Minnesota there are currently more than 5,000 children of military families between the ages of 0-5 and almost 5,500 children between the ages of 6-12.
Child Care Assistance Program manual now available
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Policy Manual has been updated to a new format. This manual is used by county and contracted agency child care workers to serve families in the program. The manual, with information on policies, procedures, rules and statutes of CCAP, provides workers with the information they need to help families in the program so they can become employed and self-sufficient.
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