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Financial assistance for child care
The Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps Ramsey County families pay for child care costs. It is available for families who have been on the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) within the last 12 months. It is also for families who meet low income guidelines. If you meet income guidelines, sliding fee scale funds are available. Funds are for children up to age 12, and for children with special needs up to age 14.
Apply MN is Minnesota's secure, online system. You can use it to apply for child care assistance programs, health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), and emergency financial assistance.
To get started, visit Bridge to Benefits for an online pre-screening tool. It helps find out if you may qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password. Or you can create an ID and also log-on to Apply MN directly.
What Parents Need to Know
Child Care Assistance Program - comprehensive manual for parents and providers CCAP Guide (19 pp pdf)
Overview of how CCAP works - from complaints to licenses and more FAQs
Ramsey County Maximum Child Care Rates County Rates by child's age & location (pdf)
Finding a Provider
Think Small (formerly Resources for Child Caring) nonprofit organization keeps a referral database of licensed providers.
Minnesota Department of Human Services provides child care programs licensing information
How do I know if a provider in Ramsey County is in good standing?
Call the Ramsey County Family Child Care Licensing Unit at 651-266-3781 and ask to speak to the Licensing Worker for the provider. The worker can provide basic public information about the license, which includes any history of substantiated rule violations and negative actions taken against the license.