Child Care Assistance

Financial Assistance

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP):

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.

Please click on the secure MN Department of Human Services link below for additional resources, information, and how to apply:

Please click on the secure Pine County Health & Human Services link below for additional resources and information about Child Care Licensing:

Child Care Safety Issues: Minnesota requires child care providers to attend training on a variety of safety issues, including those listed here on this secure link. 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 stands for Minnesota Electronic Child Care Provider Resources Online. MEC² PRO 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. The primary users of MEC² PRO are child care providers serving CCAP families. Pine County is currently in the progress of transitioning from paper CCAP billing system to the MEC² PRO online version. 


How to Apply Online:

Pine County 2022-2023 biennial service plan for Child Care Assistance services 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.

Pine County Child Care Provider List is available if you click  here.

If you have any questions, please contact our agency by phone 320-216-4100/320-591-1570 or email