The Child Care Assistance Program can help families pay child care costs for children through age 12, and for children with special needs through age 14. Child care costs may be paid for qualifying families while they go to work, look for work 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.
Child Care Assistance is available to:
Families participating in Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is Minnesota’s cash assistance program that helps families become self-sufficient. MFIP Child Care Assistance can help families who participate in MFIP pay for child care while they look for work, or attend training or school need to prepare to work as directed in their MFIP Employment Plan.
Families that had an MFIP case close within the last 12 months Transition Year Child Care Assistance can help families whose MFIP cases are closing pay for child care while they work or look for work. TY Child Care Assistance can pay child care costs for qualifying families for up to one year after their cases close.
To qualify, a family must:
· Have participated in MFIP for three out of the past six months
· Work an average of 20 hours per week or more and earn at least minimum wage or be looking for work and
· Not have had their MFIP case closed due to fraud.
Low-income families that may be eligible for the Basic Sliding Fee program
· The Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) Child Care Assistance Program can help families who are not receiving the Minnesota Family Investment Program to pay
for child care while they look for work, go to work, or attend training or school to prepare for work.
· Counties receive a yearly allocation for the BSF Child Care Assistance Program.
· If there is no money available in your county and you are likely to be eligible for the program, your name can be placed on a waiting list. Once funds
become available, the county will contact you.
CCAP Policy Manual
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) Policy 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. A copy of the manual is available on the department's website.