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 to Issue New Funding to Child Care Providers

Approximately 7,000 Minnesota child care providers will be eligible for $56.6 million in funds to help ensure children’s and staff’s health and safety in their child care settings during COVID-19. The new COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program is specifically designed to provide support to all child care providers who qualify.

Child care providers can apply for the funding starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 23. To apply for these funds, providers fill out an online application using a unique link that they will receive via email from the Minnesota Department of Human Services on July 15.

Benefits available under the program include: 

  • Licensed family child care providers will receive up to $1,200 per month for July, August and September 
  • Licensed centers will receive up to $8,500 per month for July, August and September 
  • Certain certified centers will receive up to $8,500 per month in July and August. Eligible certified centers include nonprofit programs that primarily provide care for school-age children year round, but full time in the summer months and are certified to participate in the  Child Care Assistance Program  for families with low incomes. 

All eligible providers who apply will receive funds.  

Funds will be issued to all eligible child care providers who are operating and serving children, maintaining health and safety standards, and have a license in good standing. To qualify, providers must show they were operating and serving children as of June 15, 2020, and attest to remaining open and serving children for the duration of the funding period, among other criteria. Click HERE to read the Frequently Asked Questions document. 

Providers are eligible for these new funds even if they previously applied for or received a Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant. 

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for additional information.

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

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