Child Care Assistance


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 (PDF).

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


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.


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).