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Child Care Assistance Program
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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.
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:
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-6413C (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:
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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