Child Care Assistance

Child care assistance is available to parents who are receiving assistance under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) and parents whose income is at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty guideline and are in an approved activity. It is important for parents to know their child is well-cared for while they are at work, looking for work, obtaining training, or going to school in order to secure employment.


Application is required to have eligibility determined.


The Child Care Assistance Program may not cover all child care costs. Parental amounts depend on the family’s income, the number of people in the family, and how much the child care provider charges. The goal is to assist the family to maintain employment and gain self-sufficiency.


Programs Available:

  • MFIP Child Care: Participants who are employed or participating in work job search, education, or other activity approved by a job counselor may receive assistance for child care.
  • Transition Year: Families closed off MFIP are eligible for child care up to one year from the date their MFIP closed for work or job search activities only.
  • Basic Sliding Fee: Provides a subsidy for child care costs for income eligible parents to work, look for work, or obtain training/education for employment.


If you have questions or would like a Child Care Assistance Application mailed to you, call Yellow Medicine County Family Services at 320-564-2211.


You can submit an online application for Child Care Assistance through MNBenefits.

MNBenefits Website

Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program Child Care Provider Guide