The COVID-19 emergency has created difficulties for families who continue to need childcare as well as childcare providers who may be struggling with lower enrollment numbers or closures. The state has several resources available.
- Grants for childcare providers: Last week, the legislature passed and Gov. Tim Walz signed new legislation that included $30 million in grants for licensed childcare providers serving essential workers during the public health emergency. That system is now up and running at www.childcareawaremn.org/providers/emergency-child-care-grants. Monthly grants begin at $4,500 and are available to qualified providers who can show they are reserving spaces for children of essential workers.
- Other resources for providers: Several state agencies are working together to provide updated resources for childcare providers. They also are maintaining a statewide map of available providers to connect with critical employees who are seeking care for their children. That is continually updated at mn.gov/mmb/childcare/providers.
- Resources for families: Minnesota is committed to maintaining quality childcare options for critical workers that are vital to Minnesota’s economy and health care system during this crisis. A map of available providers and other information is continually updated for families seeking care at this link: mn.gov/mmb/childcare/families