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.

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.

Click the button below and fill out the form to sign up for Think Small ParentPowered Texts today!

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