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COVID-19 update

The Government Center East Building is closed for in-person appointments. For the limited situations where it is not possible for a resident to interact with staff via telephone or online, the Government Center East Building is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To apply for Cash, SNAP, Child Care Assistance or Emergency Assistance, visit:

If you would like more information about available health care programs and how to apply, visit the Health Care Assistance page.

All Financial Assistance intake interviews will take place over the phone, rather than in-person. After an application is submitted and assigned, your assigned financial worker will call you for your phone interview. Clients can send applications and verifications via email at [email protected], fax to 651-266-3942 or drop them off in the drop box outside of the East Building. See form drop-off & walk-in assistance sites.

If you are receiving financial assistance through Ramsey County, annual renewals for child care assistance, cash and food programs have now resumed. You will be notified when you have a renewal due. If you are unsure whether you need to complete a renewal, call your financial worker or our main contact center at 651-266-4444 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have questions about your Medical Assistance case in the MNsure system, please call 651-266-3870 between 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

COVID-19 information and resources

Child care assistance

Ramsey County provides financial assistance through the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to parents who can’t afford child care. CCAP provides child care assistance to families who have been on the Minnesota Family Investment Program or Diversionary Work Program in the last 12 months and to others who meet income guidelines on a sliding scale.

Funds are available for children up to age 12, and for children with special needs up to age 15.

Parents receiving child care assistance may pay part of the child care cost based on income and size of family.

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Resources for providers

Child care complaints or suspected fraud

Frequently asked questions