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Making a targeted investment, North Dakota’s Working Parents Child Care Relief (WPCCR) pilot program aims to help attract and retain employees – specifically parents who need child care and may be experiencing challenges due to the high cost of infant and toddler care.

This cost-sharing pilot program focuses on families with young children (birth – 36 months) because this is when you face the greatest economic pressure and make critical decisions about how and if you rejoin the workforce. The WPCCR pilot program matches some employer child care benefits. 

In order to be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Your employer participates in the Working Parent Child Care Relief pilot program and offers a paid child care benefit
  • You work in the state of North Dakota
  • Your gross household income is not over 150% state median income (see below)
  • You are raising children who are ages birth to 36 months
  • Your children attend a North Dakota licensed child care program
  • You have applied for the Working Parents Child Care Relief pilot program
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How it works
  • Your employer provides a monthly child care paid benefit and opts-in for a Working Parents Child Care Relief state match at the $150 or $300 level.
  • You receive a code from your employer to use when applying for Working Parents Child Care Relief
  • Gather your needed information, including the WPCCR Employer Code (See next section)
  • You apply
  • HHS determines if you qualify for a match
  • You receive an email from HHS (NDwpccr.info@nd.gov) with instructions and sign up to receive funds from the state
  • You receive your child care benefit from your employer
  • Your employer submits paid child care benefit verification to HHS
  • HHS pays you the Working Parents Child Care Relief state match
  • You pay your ND licensed child care provider
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Participating Employers

See which employers are participating in the program here

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Working Parent Child Care Relief Qualifying Household Income


Qualifying Gross Household Incomes (before taxes) updated October 2023

Family Size (Adults and Children)

Maximum Gross Monthly Household Income

2 $9,733
3 $12,023
4 $14,313
5 $16,603
6 $18,893
7 $19,322
8 $19,752
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What parents need to apply:

What you will need to gather before you apply:

  • Working Parents Child Care Relief (WPCCR) employer code
  • Legal names and birth dates of all household members
  • A copy of a government-issued ID (ex. driver's license) of the parent receiving the employer-led benefit
  • A copy of monthly gross income information for all household members (the last 4 weeks)
    • Pay (pay stubs or employer statement)
    • Self-employment Income (most recent copy of Federal Income Tax form)
    • Bonuses and Commissions
    • Social Security, SSI benefits, Veteran’s benefits, Worker’s Compensation benefits, interest, dividends
    • Pension/Retirement Benefits
    • Lease and Rental Income
    • Unemployment compensation (statement of eligibility from Job Service North Dakota)
    • Child Support/Alimony (payments received)
    • Regular contributions from friends/relatives (signed statement from the individual)
  • Child Care Provider’s License Number
    • Licensed providers are required by ND administrative rule to prominently display their license in the premises to which it applies. If you don’t see this posting, ask your child care provider for their license number
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Other Child Care Related Help

Finding and Choosing Child Care

Need help finding licensed child care? Visit the Early Childhood Information for Families page.


Paying for Child Care

Families can apply for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which helps pay a portion of the cost of child care for each eligible child (birth through 13th birthday) for qualifying families. Learn more at hhs.nd.gov/applyforhelp/ccap

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Step-by-Step How to Guide

This Working Parents Child Care Relief: How to Guide for Parents shows how to create an account, submit an application, report changes and more.

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For hardworking parents to get this benefit, they have to apply.

Apply Now

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Frequently Asked Questions - Parents

GENERAL QUESTIONS
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How can I ensure that I receive the email communications related to the WPPCR?

Be sure the contact email in your Working Parent Account is the primary email you have access to. 
You will also want to add NDwpccr.info@nd.gov to your contacts to ensure all emails are delivered to your inbox. If you do not see the emails, please check your Junk/Spam folders or your All Mail folder.

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Can I participate in Child Care Assistance (CCAP) and receive the WPCCR state match?

Working parents who are participating in the state’s existing Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) are not eligible for a state match from the Working Parents Child Care Relief program for a child who may already be benefitting from CCAP.

Each parent will be given the choice of which program they would like to participate in. It is possible that a family may be eligible for CCAP but would choose to participate in the Working Parents Child Care Relief program, or vice versa. The decision of which program to participate in is up to the family. As long as the employer has opted in, and the family is eligible, they may have options to consider.

If an employer wishes to offer a child care benefit to employees who may not be eligible for Working Parents Child Care Relief (or for CCAP), they can certainly do so. That is an individual employer-level decision. The state’s program guidelines simply define who may be eligible to receive a state match from the pilot.

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What does attestation mean?

Attestation means the act of a person confirming through an electronic or written signature that the statements the person made are truthful and correct.

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I have information that has changed since applying, do I need to report it?

Report to HHS Early Childhood any changes that occur after the application date of submission including change in ND licensed child care provider, household members, employment status, or income. 

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Are WPCCR state match payments taxable and will I receive a 1099 for tax purposes?

WPCCR state match payments are considered income by the IRS, and you will receive a 1099 from the State of North Dakota. Please consult your accountant or tax professional to understand more about your tax situation.

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Should I save any records and for how long?

It is recommended that you maintain all financial records for 7 years.

ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS
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Do I have to be a ND resident to be eligible?

Qualifying parents must be working for a North Dakota business and utilizing a ND licensed child care program.

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Can this benefit be provided to part-time employees?

Contact your employer’s Human Resource department or your supervisor regarding qualifications and details on how your employer is offering the paid child care benefit. 

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I was recently hired by an employer participating in WPCCR, but have not received a pay check yet, can I apply?

You can apply once your employer provides you with the WPCCR Employer Code. Typically, you need to supply the state four weeks of monthly gross income. Contact information: Email NDwpccr.info@nd.gov or phone: 701-328-2115 press 2; 711 (TTY) 

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If I only work part of a month while starting new employment, can I get the state match?

Contact your employer’s Human Resource department or your supervisor regarding qualifications and details on how your employer is offering the paid child care benefit. Typically, you need to supply the state 4 weeks of monthly gross income. Contact information: Email NDwpccr.info@nd.gov or phone: 701-328-2115 press 2; 711 (TTY)

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What if I quit or am terminated, can I get the state match?

For you to receive the state match the employer must provide verification of the paid child care benefit. Contact your employer’s Human Resource department or your supervisor regarding qualifications and details on how your employer is offering the paid child care benefit.

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How will I receive the WPCCR funds?

Once your application is approved, you will receive an email with details on how to setup an OMB Payee account. The one-time creation of the OMB Payee account will allow the state to pay you the state match and will include the option to submit banking information for direct deposit or allow you to choose to be paid by check. 

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How does the payment process work?
  1. Employer provides paid child care benefit to employees
  2. Employer uploads the monthly verification of paid child care benefit
  3. Upon verification of employer-led child care benefit, HHS will send the Working Parents Child Care Relief state match directly to qualifying working parent
     
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Questions?

Email: NDwpccr.info@nd.gov
Phone: 701-328-2115 press 2; 711 (TTY)