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Child Care Assistance


In partnership with the Department of Human Services, Olmsted County administers federal and state Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) that provides a subsidy for child care for working parents who are income-eligible. Families First is a sub-grantee for Olmsted County in providing the CCAP.  

ApplyMN is Minnesota's secure, online system you can use to apply for health care, cash assistance, SNAP (food support), emergency help, and child care assistance programs.

To get started, visit Minnesota Human Services Online to use an online pre-screening tool find out if you might qualify for benefits and to register for a user ID and password.

If you already have a user ID and password, you can log-on to ApplyMN directly.


Basic Sliding Fee (BSF) Child Care
  • For work hours for families whose income is under 47% of the State Median Income Level 
  • Must be working a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Child Care
  • For approved activities as authorized by family's MFIP Case Manager
  • For work hours for up to 12 months after family has closed MFIP due to excess income

Find out more about Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program: 

Families First 
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507 287-2020
Toll Free: 800 462-1660
Fax: 507 287-2411
Website: http://www.familiesfirstmn.org/ 

or email: Robyn K to determine your eligibility.

Olmsted County Child Care Assistance Program Policies

MN Department of Human Services - Child Care Assistance Program 
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