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Child Care Assistance Program Increases Income Level

Child care is a key part of the infrastructure of our communities and is vital for families and employers. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is striving to support strong, stable families and communities by making investments in programs that increase access to quality child care that is affordable so that parents can participate in the workforce.

As part of this investment, the department has changed the qualifying income level for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) from 60% to 85% of the state median income (SMI). More North Dakota families will now qualify for help paying for the child care they need while they work, attend school or training, or apply and interview for jobs.

With the new increased income criteria, a North Dakota family of three with a household income of $6,193 a month can now qualify. Previously, the qualifying monthly income for a household this size was $4,372. Details about qualifying income levels by household size are on the department’s website at www.nd.gov/dhs/services/financialhelp/childcare.html

Families can apply for child care assistance online at www.applyforhelp.nd.gov or at a local human service zone office (formerly known as the county social service office). 

Child Care Assistance Flyer (PDF, 1.38 MB)