Child Care Assistance

Financial Assistance


Child Care Assistance Program (CAAP): high-quality child care that is available and affordable is important to children's healthy development and families' self-sufficiency and peace-of-mind. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) helps income-eligible families pay for child care, and helps child care and other early learning programs improve the quality of care they offer.

For more information please check out the Child Care (DHS) website for more information and resources. 

Are you interested in becoming a Licensed Daycare Provider in Pine County? For more information please check out the Pine County Child Care Licensing website for more information and resources. 

Child Care Safety Issues: Minnesota requires child care providers to attend training on a variety of safety issues, including those listed on the Child Care Safety Issues (DHS) website. 
Certain activities require parental consent and forms that are listed also on the link. This also is valuable information for anyone caring for a child, not just child care providers.

MEC² PRO (Minnesota Electronic Child Care Provider Resources Online) is an online web application created to provide online resources for child care providers who serve families using the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in Minnesota, including Pine County. The primary users of MEC² PRO are child care providers serving CCAP families. 

Safe At Home (SAH) Program is a Minnesota address confidentiality program that assists survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking by providing a substitute address for people who move or are about to move to a new location unknown to their aggressors. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office administers this program. If you are a participate of this program, please notify your worker right away. Your information is kept confidential and we will work with you regarding notices, delays in getting your mail, etc. For more information on the Safe at Home Program, including information about finding a shelter, or enrolling in the program please visit the MN Secretary of State's Safe at Home website


For ways to contact our agency, apply, and/or how to turn in proofs, please check out our main Financial Assistance page. 

Pine County 2024-2025 biennial service plan for Child Care Assistance services (1st draft) is available here.
If you have any feedback regarding our next biennial service plan or about the Child Care Assistance Program in general, please send an email to Michelle, Financial Assistance Supervisor. 

Our Pine County Child Care Provider List is available as of July 2023.