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.
CCAP News: Improvements are coming to the way payments are made. Learn what's new here.
Apply for Child Care Assistance
Submit an online application for CCAP.
Print and complete the Application for Assistance (SFN 405).
Apply by Mail
Submit a request to have an application mailed to you.
This table shows the maximum monthly income a household can earn to qualify for the program* (before taxes).
|Family Size (Adults and Children)||Maximum Monthly Income|
|2||Up to $5,013|
|3||Up to $6,193|
|4||Up to $7,373|
|5||Up to $8,553|
|6||Up to $9,733|
|7||Up to $9,954|
|8||Up to $10,175|
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 Feb. 1, 2022).
Information and Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Child Care Assistance Program.
- More Working Families in N.D. Can Now Get Help With Child Care Costs (Feb. 17, 2022)
- Child Care Assistance Program Overview (Updated February 2022)
- Essential Workers May Qualify for Child Care Assistance Program (Updated February 2022)
- 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)
- CCDF Plan Approval Letters
Note: A copy can also be obtained by calling 701-328-2332, toll-free 800-755-2716, or 711 (TTY).
Download the Child Care Assistance Program Guidebook
Attention: Licensed and registered child care providers who accept the Child Care Assistance Program.
- Submit Monthly Payment Requests using a self-service payment portal from your computer or mobile device, 24/7.
- FACT SHEET: Self-Service Payment Portal
- 1-PAGER: CCAP Self-Service Portal Provider Registration (September 2021)
- ONLINE TRAINING: Self-Service Payment Portal (Updated January 2021)
- Application For Approval: Relative Child Care Provider Form
- W-9 form (Complete and submit to the human service zone office (formerly called county social service office) or Department with your Application for Approval: Relative Child Care Provider form)
- Child Abuse and Neglect Background Inquiry form (SFN 433)
- NEW FLYER: Approved Relative Provider Training (Required Starting April 1, 2021)
- NEW Growing Futures Guidebook: Approved Relative Providers - How to create a Growing Futures account and register for training (April 2021)
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.
Learn more about other services available by clicking here.
Questions? Contact Us
For information about applying, program eligibility, or an existing case, contact your local Human Service Zone office, or the department.
Economic Assistance Policy Division
Child Care Assistance Program
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 325
Bismarck, ND 58505-0250