Child Care Assistance Program

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Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps make child care affordable for income-eligible families. Families will have a copayment based on their gross income and family size, and most families on Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) child care have a copayment of $0. Child Care Assistance is available to:

  • Families participating in MFIP or Diversionary Work Program (DWP)
  • Families that had an MFIP or DWP case close within the last 12 months
  • Low-income families that may be eligible for the Basic Sliding Fee program

  • The Child Care Assistance Program pays child care costs for children age 12, and younger and for children with special needs to age 14. Child care costs may be paid for qualifying families while they go to work, look fowork or attend school. To qualify for CCAP, families must comply with child support enforcement if applicable for all children in the family. Care must be provided by a legal child care provider over the age of 18. An annual summary of statistical information about families and children participating in CCAP is available in the Child Care Assistance Program Family Profile (PDF).

    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-6413E (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:

    CCAP provides incentives for high quality child care providers to care for children through CCAP and for families to select these providers. Providers with certain accreditations and credentials and those with 3-Star Parent Aware ratings are eligible to be reimbursed up to the 15 percent quality differential maximum rates. Providers with 4-Star Parent Aware ratings are eligible to be reimbursed up to the 20 percent quality differential maximum rates. Providers meeting criteria for both the 15 percent and the 20 percent differential are eligible for the 20 percent differential. For specific maximum rates see:

    Child Care Assistance Program and child care providers

    When a family receiving CCAP selects a provider to care for their child(ren), the provider must register with the county where the family resides. See the provider registration forms for licensed and license exempt and legal nonlicensed family providers.

    The provider guide explains what child care providers need to know in order to register and be paid to care for children through the CCAP.

    For more information about the Child Care Assistance Program, including fact sheets, statistics and reports see the child care research page.

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