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.
During the 2017 legislative session, many changes were made to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Two of these changes, which affect both families and child care providers, are scheduled to take effect April 23, 2018:
For further information, see the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) law changes effective April 23, 2018 (PDF).
There are three ways to apply for child care assistance: