Applications for the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants are now being accepted. These grants are for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Child care programs eligible to apply for grants include licensed family and group family programs, licensed child care centers, and tribally licensed child care programs. Selected applicants will receive an award on a month-to-month basis. Monthly grant awards start at $4,500, with an additional $1,000 available for programs providing non-standard hours care, care for children whose first language is not English, and/or who have special needs. Providers that are licensed to serve 15 or more children will be eligible for an additional amount of up to $15,500 per month.Full details and the application form are available on the Child Care Aware of Minnesota website.

The deadline to apply is April 15, with award decisions by April 20.

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Parent Aware 

Child Care Assistance

Early Learning Scholarships

Head Start

Other Children’s Services

Quality child care is an essential component to self-sufficiency for families as well as the foundation for future learning for thousands of Anoka and Washington County children. ACCAP has been administering services since 1991, working towards building a healthy child care system, which is responsive to these needs for all families in our community.

The whole community benefits when families have access to affordable, high quality child care that not only helps parents work, but also provides the developmental and educational foundation children need.

ACCAP’s child care support services offer programs which support the availability, affordability, and quality of child care in Anoka and Washington Counties. These programs have been a catalyst for creating partnerships with businesses, faith communities, city governments, school districts, and many other community cornerstones to address the issues affecting children and families. To learn more on how to cut high cost of Child Care click here

For the Community

In an effort to support families with their work-life concerns, Anoka County Community Action Program and Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro partners with businesses, faith communities, and community leadership to “link” the needs with the resources. We can provide informational articles, statistics and consultations to help assess the needs of your group or congregation. 

We also offer the opportunity to come speak with your group or organization around child care issues. Brown bag lunches, meetings, or resource fairs all offer the opportunity to create public awareness for children and families. Contact Sydney Lindenfelser at 763-783-4881 or by e-mail at

Child Care Rates by City

A child care rate survey is done each year by Child Care Aware of Minnesota. All licensed providers are asked to report their current rates. These numbers are the average child care rates charged in a county or city.

To see listings of average child care rates, by city, for Anoka County, HERE.

To see listings of average child care rates, by city, for Washington County, HERE.


Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates

Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates are the amount that you would be reimbursed for a child in your care who receives child care assistance.

For information about Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates for Anoka County click HERE.

For information about Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates for Washington County click HERE.



We hope you enjoy the information and resources we offer on our website.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments through e-mail to or by phone: 763-783-4881. 

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