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CCDF - Child Care and Development Fund
For more information about the Child Care and Development Fund click here to go to the US Government's Child Care Bureau Website


The Child Care and Development Fund

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) has made available $4.8 billion to States, Territories, and Tribes in fiscal year 2003. This program, authorized by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PL 104-193, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. 

Child Care Services Funded by CCDF 

Subsidized child care services are available to eligible families through certificates (vouchers) or contracts with providers. Parents may select any legally operating child care provider. Child care providers serving children funded by CCDF must meet basic health and safety requirements set by States and Tribes. These requirements must address prevention and control of infectious diseases, including immunizations; building and physical premises safety; and minimum health and safety training. 

National Indian Child Care Association

The purpose of the National Indian Child Care Association is to advocate for quality child care and development, early learning and school age programs on behalf of the diverse Native American communities in the United States, to coordinate these efforts with all other national organizations attempting to achieve similar goals and to collect and disseminate timely information. 
More info at www.nicca.us


DHS - MN Department of Human Services

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The Minnesota Department of Human Services helps people meet their basic needs by providing or administering health care coverage, economic assistance, and a variety of services for children, people with disabilities and older Minnesotans.

More info at www.dhs.state.mn.us

Child Care Aware of MN
"Ensuring positive beginnings for all young children and their families."

The Child Care Aware of Minnesota provides statewide leadership in shaping collaborations that build a diverse, high quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families through local child care resource and referral services.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota
380 Lafayette Frontage Rd, Suite 103
St. Paul, MN 55107

Tel: Child Care Aware of MN (Toll Free) 1-888-291-9811 
To Connect To Your Local Resource and Referral 1-888-291-9811

More info at www.mnchildcare.org

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Consultation Services

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) offers free Consultation Services to child care providers and all other early childhood and school age professionals in Minnesota.

The goal of the CICC’s Consultation Services is to provide support to child care and school age care providers, enabling them to successfully include and retain children with special needs and those with challenging behaviors in their programs.

The CICC’s Consultation Services offers:

  • consultation to child care and school age providers 
  • referral support in finding care or determining best placement options 
  • resources for staff development and education 
If you would like to speak to a CICC Consultant,  call (612) 998-0409. 

More info at www.inclusivechildcare.org/

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  • Ready 4 K is a campaign working to bring about comprehensive policy change on behalf of Minnesota's children, their parents, and their caretakers.
  • Ready 4 K is bringing together all sectors of the early childhood community to speak in a unified voice.
  • Ready 4 K is building power - the power of thousands of Minnesotans from all walks of life who care enough about kids to stand up and speak out. 
  • Ready 4 K is building a public awareness across Minnesota of both the importance of early childhood and the need to seek bold solutions to guarantee that all children are ready for school and ready for life.
  • Ready 4 K shares the belief with our partners and allies that increasing the public will to support young children and their families is essential to our state’s future prosperity and well-being.

Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF)

The foundation is a public-private partnership that will identify and support the best ways to deliver quality early childhood care and education to children in Minnesota who are not prepared with the skills they need for kindergarten.  The leaders of Cargill, The McKnight Foundation and Greater Twin Cities United Way are contributing a total of $2.5 million to support the establishment of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF).  MELF's overarching objectives are to build understanding of the importance that early learning plays for success in school, competitiveness of our economy and Minnesota's quality of life, while finding agreement on strategies for achieving school readiness cost-effectively.

More info at : www.ready4k.org

  • The Child Care WORKS coalition, established in 1983, brings together parents, caregivers and advocates across Minnesota to improve child care services for all families.
  • We organize events that bring people and organizations together to cooperate in improving our child care system.
  • We create ways for advocates to get involved in advocating for quality, affordable child care.
  • We educate and inform audiences across the state about child care issues; please contact us to request a presentation.
  • We advocate for child care legislation that supports the needs of Minnesota kids, families, and caregivers.
More info at www.childcareworks.org



Children's Defense Fund (CDF) was founded in 1973 by Marian Wright Edelman to provide a strong and effective voice for the children of America, since they cannot vote, hire lobbyists, or speak out for themselves.

The mission of the CDF is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. Using research and data, we work to shape federal, state and local policies that best serves our children's needs in a cost-effective manner.  

More info at www.cdf-mn.org

Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association

MLFCCA is a professional family child care organization of licensed family child care providers serving children and family child care providers. 

Their mission is to support the highest standard of care for children in licensed family child care homes through education, resources, recognition, and advocacy; while acknowledging the diversity of licensed family child care providers. 

More info at www.mlfcca.org

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