Risk and Reach
Child Care Assistance
Statewide, 13 percent of children under age 6 in low-income families are served by the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Subsidies through CCAP help parents attain and retain employment and education, and pay for safe, stimulating, and developmentally appropriate childcare. However, receipt of child care subsidies and continuity of care depend upon parental work schedules, and continuity of care may be disrupted if parents do not comply with requirements. In addition, wait lists for CCAP subsidies can be long. CCAP is available to families participating in MFIP, families that had an MFIP case close within the last 12 months, and low-income families that may be eligible for the Basic Sliding Fee program.
- Basic Sliding Fee program
- The Basic Sliding Fee program can help families pay for child care while they look for work, go to work, or attend training or school to prepare for work.
- 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.
- The Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) is a cash assistance program for very low income children and families. It is Minnesota’s version of the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare program.