Child Care Assistance
· Child Care Assistance (CCA) was created to support parents who are working, job searching, and/or going to school.
· Currently, availability of CCA funding is dependent upon a parent’s MFIP status. Those on MFIP receive CCA immediately. In addition, those not on MFIP, but under 21 years old and attending high school/GED, can apply and receive limited sliding fee scale funding. Those who do not fall in these two categories, will be placed on a waitlist due to limited funding within Hennepin County. The waitlist for these individuals is 3 to 4 years.
· We have two workers that assigned to CCA cases of teen parents attending high school or GED training.
· When an individual’s MFIP case closes they become eligible for a ‘transition year.’ During this year they can receive CCA only if they are employed or job seeking. Unfortunately, school does not count towards this.
· We re-determine eligibility every six months. If anything changes within that time they must report the changes within 10 days of them occurring.
· CCA for MFIP and the transitional year is federally and state funded.
· Sliding fee scale CCA is funded by federal, state and county dollars.
· If a parent currently receiving CCA in Hennepin County moves to another county, the CCA case can be transferred to the new county for continued assistance. We can transfer cases between the counties easily. However, we do need individuals to report their address change to us. If we get repeated return mail we may close their CCA and they would have to reapply.