New training requirements were established by the federal government as part of the most recent reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. It provides Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) with more than $90 million annually. To continue to receive CCAP payments and remain registered with the program, child care and early learning providers must complete the required health and safety training by Sept. 30, 2017. For further information, visit the page, Child Care Assistance Program: 2017 federal training requirements.
If your program is accredited from one of the following organizations, you may be able to receive higher rates for higher quality care when serving children receiving subsidies through the Child Care Assistance Program. In addition, your program can pursue a fast-track Parent Aware rating through the Accelerated Rating Pathway process, and apply for reimbursement of half of the direct cost of accreditation fees.
Use the CCAP Quality Differential Rate Request Form DHS-4795 (PDF) to identify qualifying credentials and/or accreditations and request the higher rate.
Accrediting organizations can apply to have their accreditation approved by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The application process is open each summer, with applications due by August 15. Accrediting organizations interested in applying should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the this accreditation approval process Frequently asked questions DHS-6450 (PDF) document to learn more.
Help serve children with special needs and challenging behaviors in child care settings through the Center for Inclusive Child Care.
The Child Care Assistance Program can pay a higher rate for children with special needs if children require higher levels of care for their age due to a physical, behavioral or medical disability. The disability must be documented, and the provider must explain why the child needs a higher than normal level of care, what their extra costs are and what steps they have taken to meet those needs. To ask for a special needs rate for an individual child, the parent and provider must complete the CCAP Special Needs Rate Variance Request DHS-4194 (PDF), include proof of the child's special needs due to disability and submit the form to the child's case worker.