CAPLP Child Care Connections

Looking for Child Care

At CAPLP we believe that children do better when they have access to high-quality early childhood experiences. Parent Aware is a statewide search tool to assist families in finding the best quality care and education for their children. Looking for childcare? Visit, parentaware.org to access Parent Aware.

Paying for Child Care

Early Learning Scholarships, a program of the MN Department of Education, provides financial support for children to attend a high-quality early learning or child care program as rated through Parent Aware. Scholarships of up to $15,000 are available for children who are under the age of 5 and whose family meets income requirements. CAPLP administers the Early Learning Scholarships program for families that reside in the following counties: Clay, Becker, Otter Tail, Grant, Douglas, Traverse, Stevens, Pope, and Wilkin.

As of January 30, 2024, the Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship application can be completed online! Starting January 30, CLICK HERE to visit the Early Learning Scholarships Hub or copy and paste the link below into a new browser window to go to the Early Learning Scholarship Hub, where you can create an account and apply for a scholarship. By creating an account, you will be able to easily complete the application and upload required documents, receive email updates, and check the status of your application, apply for other children in your household, and renew when it’s time. Notices of award, renewal, and status updates will now be managed primarily via email. 

While we encourage everyone to use the online portal, it is not a requirement to create an account. You can still receive email updates without creating an account, and you can contact your Area Administrator at any time with questions or if you prefer to apply via paper and receive standard paper mail. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 218-512-1500. CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the Early Learning Scholarship application (to be downloaded and/or printed). Completed paper applications can be emailed to els@caplp.org or mailed or dropped off in person at: CAPLP 891 Belsly Boulevard, Moorhead, MN  56560.

To learn more about the Scholarship program, please visit the MN Department of Education website. For specific case questions and information within the counties listed above please call 218-512-1592 or email.

CAPLP Child Care Connections

Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) helps families pay child care costs for children through age 12, and for children with special needs through age 14. CAPLP administers the Child Care Assistance Program for families that reside in Wilkin County. Childcare program costs may be paid for qualifying families while they go to work, look for work or attend school.  

To begin the application process, please complete this application.(Please note: Once your application has been processed, we will be in contact via mail regarding the status of your application)  

To learn more about the Child Care Assistance program, please visit the Department of Human Services website. For specific case questions and information or if you are a childcare program interested in receiving Child Care Assistance payments, please call 218-512-1592 or email

“For free help in other languages, please call 888.291.9811.”

Services offered through Child Care Aware of Minnesota Northwest are made possible in part with grants from the Minnesota Department of Human Services

Contact Us:
  • Phone (218) 512-1500
  • Fax: (844) 215-7287
  • Email
Walk-in Services:
  • 715 11th St. N. Suite 101
  • Moorhead, MN 56560
Mailing Address:
  • 891 Belsly Boulevard
    Moorhead, MN  56560
Wilkin County Office:

311 5th Street S.
Breckenridge, MN 56520
(218) 512-1500

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