Finding resources to help pay for quality child care can take some time. Some financial aid programs have waiting lists.
Use this free Financial Aid Screening Tool to find out if your family is eligible for financial help. If the screening tool shows that you might be eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), contact your county or tribal human services agency. Some counties have waiting lists for this program.
Available statewide, Early Learning Scholarships help families afford high-quality child care and early education programs. Low-income families meeting eligibility requirements and having a child between the ages of 3 and 4 may qualify when they choose a program with a Parent Aware Rating or one active in a Full-Rating cohort.
For more information, call Parent Aware at 888.291.9811 or visit the Early Learning Scholarships page on the Minnesota Department of Education website.
Parents and guardians in the military can call Parent Aware at 888.291.9811 for information about possible benefits.
Income eligible students with young children needing child care while they attend postsecondary classes can contact their college’s financial aid office for information about on-campus child care options and the Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program.
Ask child care and early education programs you are considering and local community service organizations (like the United Way) if they offer any financial aid.
Ask your employer if they offer Dependent Care Assistance Accounts or on-site care.
Once you find child care, file for tax credits on your annual Minnesota and Federal tax returns, whether or not you expect to owe taxes.
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