Paying for Child Care and Early Learning

Child care is essential for most working families, but paying the bill can be a real burden. According to a 2010 study by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Minnesota ranked in the top five states for the least affordable care.

Click on Cost of Care to learn more about the average cost of care in your city. We also listed some options to save money.

 

Early Learning Scholarships

The Early Learning Scholarships give families financial support to help pay for high-quality early care and education to prepare their young children for school.

The scholarship amount is up to $7,500 for a 12 month period. The Early Learning Scholarship must be used at a Minnesota child care or early learning program that is a Parent Aware rated program.

If you need help finding a high quality program we can help you choose one that meet your family needs and the developmental needs of your child. And we’ll help you know what quality care looks like, how to find it, and how to partner with providers and teachers to make the most of your child’s experience during these important early years.

Click here for an application and instructions on how to apply.

Early Learning Scholarships are provided through a grant from the MDE with funds from Minnesota State Appropriation 124D.165.

 

Child Care Assistance

The State offers direct financial help to families with lower incomes. We encourage you to call your local child care assistance office listed below if you think you may qualify. More information about the programs can be found under Help Paying for Child Care.

County

Child Care Assistance Program

MFIP, DWP, or  Transition Year programs

Hennepin

612-348-5937

612-596-1300

Ramsey

651-641-6665

651-266-4444

Dakota

651-554-5611

651-554-5611

Scott

952-496-8539

952-496-8539

Washington

651-430-6459

651-430-6459

Carver

952-361-1721

952-361-1710

Anoka

763-717-7711

763-717-7730