Child Care Assistance

Function
Your child needs to be well cared for while you are at work or going to school; and as a parent or guardian it is equally important to choose quality, affordable child care.

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.

The Child Care Assistance Program can help families pay child care costs for:
  • Children up to age 12
  • Children with special needs through age 14
Availability
Child Care Assistance is available to:
At-Home Infant Care
CCAP also includes the Minnesota At-Home Infant Care Program (AHIC) that provides financial help to families with a child under 1 year of age to cover some of the costs of a parent staying home to care for their infant. 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 for access to day care under the Basic Sliding Fee Program.

Application
To fill out an application and find out if you qualify for any CCAP program, contact 651-213-5200.

For more information regarding Child Care Assistance, please refer to the Department of Human Services (DHS).