What is CCAP?
The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps pay a portion of the cost of childcare for working families, or families in training or education programs.
Families with low income who meet certain eligibility criteria qualify for the program.
How Do I Apply for CCAP?
Print an application and return it to the Customer Support Center or in person at your local Human Service Zone office.
Apply by mail
Submit a request to have an application mailed to you and return it to the Customer Support Center.
What are the Income Limits for CCAP?
This table shows the maximum monthly income a household can earn to qualify for the program* (before taxes).
In 2022 North Dakota increased the income level for CCAP to 85% of the state's median income so that more working families could get help with child care costs.
Family Size (Adults and Children)
Maximum Monthly Income
In most cases, families pay a co-payment, which goes towards the cost of care. A co-payment is determined on a sliding fee scale based on a family's income and household size. Download the current sliding fee scale (Effective Oct. 1, 2022).
Information and Resources
If you would like to find a version of these publications that can be translated, visit the Apply for Help Publications page.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Care Assistance Program.
- Child Care Assistance Program Overview
- Brochure: Child Care Assistance Program - Helping Families with Child Care Costs
The Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) is administered by the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services. It provides many services and supports to families and child care providers across the state.
- Child Care Development Fund Fact Sheet (Revised September 2021)
- Information on how to access resources regarding provider health and safety information, help in finding available child care and more.
- 2022-2024 CCDF State Plan Public Comments and Responses (Posted July 1, 2021)
- Amended 2022-2024 ND Child Care and Development Fund State Plan (Posted Sept. 6, 2022)
- Amended 2022-2024 ND Child Care and Development Fund State Plan (Posted Feb 7, 2023)
- CCDF Plan Approval Letters
- Amendment Approval Letter (Posted Sept 6, 2022)
- Conditional Approval Letter
- Amendment Approval Letter (Posted Feb 7, 2023)
Note: A copy can also be obtained by calling 701-328-2332, toll-free 800-755-2716, or 711 (TTY).
What else can HHS help me with?
HHS may be able to help with more than just your child care needs.
Other programs you may qualify for include health care, food support, housing and utility help.
Who can help me apply or answer questions about CCAP?
For help applying, questions about eligibility, or your existing case, contact the Customer Support Center:
Phone: 1.866.614.6005 or 701-328-1000 711 (TTY)
Mail: Customer Support Center P.O. Box 5562 Bismarck ND 58506
State Office Contact Information:
Economic Assistance Policy Division
Child Care Assistance Program
600 E Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 325
Bismarck ND 58505-0250
Phone: (701) 328-2332
Toll-Free: (800) 755-2716 (ND Only)