Child Care Assistance

SWHHS has a Child Care Assistance Program that helps families pay for child care so that parents can work, attend school, or look for a job.  This program is supported by State and Federal funds.

There may be a co-pay for a portion of the child care cost paid by the family.  This co-pay amount is based on family size and income.  Family income must be less than 175% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines at the time of the initial application to qualify for funds.

Southwest Health and Human Services Child Care Assistance Plan:

Child Care Plan 2016 to 2017 (PDF)

For public comment on the plan click here http://www.swmhhs.com/contact-us/

Child Care Assistance can help families with these needs pay for the cost of care:

  • Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) for families receiving MFIP case assistance.  Child Care Assistance is provided so parents can work, job search, attend school, or attend Social Service appointments.
  • Diversionary Work Program (DWP) for families receiving DWP assistance.  Child Care Assistance is provided so parents can work, job search, and work with The Workforce Center employment service.
  • Transition Year Child Care Assistance for families who received MFIP or SWP for at least three of the last six months.  Child Care Assistance is provided for up to twelve months from the date MFIP or DWP closes so parents can work or job search.  School and training programs are not approved activities for child care on this program.
  • Basic Sliding Fee Child Care Assistance (BSF) for families who need help paying for child care so they can work, job search, or attend school.