Child Care Assistance

Program Information

Stevens County operates a Child Care Assistance program that helps families pay for child care so that parents can work, attend school, or look for a job. This program is supported by state and federal funds. The family may need to pay a portion of the child care cost. This amount is called a co-pay and is based on family size and income.

For more information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.

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.

To apply, submit a Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Application. Return the completed application to Stevens County Human Services.

Types of Child Care that Qualify

The Stevens County Child Care Assistance program can pay any licensed child care center or licensed child care home that is registered with Stevens County. The Child Care Assistance Program can also pay unlicensed child care providers. Additional fees and certifications may be necessary to become a legal unlicensed child care provider.

For more information, please call 320-208-6600.

2020-2021 Stevens County Child Care Fund Plan

Counties and tribes must submit a biennial Child Care Fund Plan to the commissioner.

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) rules and laws allow counties and tribes to establish some local policies and procedures. These local policies and procedures, when included in this plan and approved by the commissioner, are considered county/tribal policy and are used to support agency decisions during appeals. The Department of Human Services (DHS) will review and approve County and Tribal Child Care Fund Plans. Counties and tribes will receive approval letters for their Child Care Fund Plans from the commissioner of DHS. This plan period begins on January 1, 2020.

2020-2021 Child Care Fund Plan (PDF)