Child Care Funding
Anoka 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.
Family income must be less than 47% State Median Income (SMI) at
time of initial application to qualify for funds.
Examples of income before taxes (effective 10-14-2013):
- Family of 2 – earn less than $27,895 a year
- Family of 3 – earn less than $34,459 a year
- Family of 4 – earn less than $41,023 a year
Child Care Assistance can help families with these needs pay for the
cost of child care:
- Minnesota Family Investment Program(MFIP)– for families
receiving MFIP cash assistance. Child Care Assistance is provided so
parents can work, job search, attend school, or attend social
- Diversionary Work Program (DWP) – for families receiving
DWP assistance. Child Care Assistance is provided so parents can
work, job search, and work with Anoka County Employment Services.
- Transition Year Child Care Assistance – for families who
received MFIP or DWP for at least 3 of the last 6 months. Child Care
Assistance is provided for up to 12 months from the date MFIP or DWP
closes, so parents can work or job search. School and training
programs are not approved activities for child care on this program.
- Base Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance – for families who
need help paying for child care so they can work, job search or
attend school. There is a waiting list for Basic Sliding Fee
Child Care Assistance in Anoka County. To be screened for
the waiting list, please call 763-717-7714.
Types of Child Care That Qualify
The Anoka County Child Care Assistance program can pay any licensed
child care center or licensed child care home that is registered with
Anoka County. If you need help in finding licensed child care, you can
call Think Small at (651) 641-0332. The Child Care
Assistance program can also pay unlicensed child care providers who are
over the age of 18 and pass a background study. There is a $65.00 fee
to cover the cost of the background study for unlicensed providers. For
more information about the program, call (763) 717-7711.