Today Gov. Tim Walz announced that the application process for emergency grants for child care providers is open. This funding was proposed by the governor and Lt. Gov. Flanagan in partnership with the governor’s Children’s Cabinet and the Department of Human Services and was passed by the legislature as part of their COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget. It was signed into law on March 28, 2020.
“Child care providers are providing an essential emergency response to our communities,” said Governor Walz. “These grants will be critical in ensuring that child care continues to be available to first responders, health care workers, and so many other folks responding to the COVID-19 emergency.”
There are approximately 420,000 children under the age of 12 who live in a household of an essential worker within a critical sector. Of these, the state estimates that during this peacetime emergency, about 270,000 children will need care and approximately 120,000 are likely to need and use licensed child care settings.
These grants will provide about $10 million per month over the next few months to support the basic infrastructure needed to keep child care capacity available.
“Child care providers have stepped up to the challenge and are willing to respond to the needs of their communities,” said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. “We hope this funding will help ensure that workers can continue to respond to community needs.”
Child Care Aware of Minnesota will administer and distribute these funds for emergency child care services. Grants can be found here: https://www.childcareawaremn.org/providers/emergency-child-care-grants/
Six Minnesota Initiative Foundations last week answered a call from the Governor and launched an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide support for Greater Minnesota licensed child care providers serving families of essential workers needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Think Small had already launched an effort to issue grants to family child care programs in the metro area.
Visit this webpage to learn more about grant availability.