The COVID-19 pandemic is an uncertain and stressful time for everyone. The situation is changing rapidly and there are a lot of questions. We are doing our very best to provide an up-to-date page of resources for providers and parents in regards to child care during this unprecedented time.

Child Care Training Re. to Coronavirus (Spanish)

This webinar, made possible by the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, the Minnesota Department of Health and Think Small.
It provides an opportunity for child care providers to learn more about public health guidance, relevant resources and other supports, related to COVID-19.

Hotline Information

  • Hotline number for Child Care Providers: 1-888-234-1268
  • Information on providers available to care for children of emergency and critical workers: 888.291.9811.

COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds to Continue –
Deadline to Apply October 14, 2020

The Education and Child Care Workgroup at the direction of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan made a $53.3 million federal Coronavirus Relief Funds request on September 17 to continue funding for the COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care through December. The request was approved by the Legislative Advisory Commission on September 29. The request continues monthly payments in October, November and December to support public health guidance implementation for eligible licensed family child care (up to $1,200 per month for three months), licensed child care centers (up to $8,500 per month for three months), and certified centers (approximately $3,000 per month for three months) that accept the funds. To be eligible providers must be operating and serving children as of September 15 and plan to remain operating and serving children for the duration of the funding period (September 15-December 15), among other requirements. All types of certified centers, not just nonprofit certified centers, that meet the funding requirements are eligible to receive funds. 

The application process for providers to receive this funding will be very similar to the application administered in the last round of Public Health Support Funds in July. All eligible providers, including the providers that received the previous round of funding (July-September) must fill out an application and attestation form to receive the funds. Eligible providers will receive the online application and attestation form via a unique email to eligible providers. The application period for the second round of funds will be available beginning 8 a.m. on October 5 and will close at 5 p.m. on October 14. Providers that do not submit the application by the deadline will not be eligible for the funding for the duration of the funding period. Child Care Aware of Minnesota will again contract with the state to provide outreach and technical assistance on the funding to providers.

Read the FAQ document to learn more: Providers who need assistance or are unable to access their application link, including those who need support in other languages, should contact Child Care Aware of Minnesota at 651-290-9704 or email

State Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants

The state awarded emergency grants to licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Grants were awarded in three separate rounds to licensed family and group family programs, licensed child care centers, and tribally licensed child care programs. The final round of grants was awarded in mid-June. Read more about the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants

Think Small COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Think Small awarded $1,000 emergency grants to eligible licensed family child care providers in the seven-county metro area.  More than 300 grants were issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Please read our FAQs.

Consider Contributing to Our Emergency Fund for Child Care

As an agency, we are working to find ongoing funding, but these dedicated family child care providers need your help NOW.  If you are able to donate, it will make all the difference in the world to a program in your neighborhood, and to the health care workers and other essential personnel who are able to keep doing their jobs for the benefit of society.

Please Support Our Efforts

ParentPowered Texts

At home with your young children? Now is the perfect time to try our free Think Small ParentPowered Texts. You’ll receive three text messages a week offering fun facts and at-home learning activities, plus you’ll find additional support messages focused on COVID-19 topics for children.

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