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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Parent and Family resource guide (HmongSomali and Spanish) aimed at helping families find supports related to COVID-19, including economic, child care, mental health, and other supports.  

Families looking for COVID-19 information including testing, vaccines, and other resources should go to the Minnesota COVID-19 Response website. The Vax for Kids is also an important resource for families related to education, outreach and vaccine locations.

Public health guidance for child serving settings:

FINDING OPEN CHILD CARE OR SCHOOL AGE CARE: If you are a parent or guardian in need of child care call the Child Care Aware parent line at 1-888-291-9811 to be directed to available licensed child care providers or contact their school district about school age care options.

Child care providers will charge tuition that varies with their program policies and business practices. Tuition paid by families is almost always a provider's primary source of revenue and is critical to their ability to operate. Many providers are working to accommodate financial considerations of families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families in need of financial assistance may still apply for and eligible families may receive Child Care Assistance and Early Learning Scholarships. Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can authorize and pay for families accessing the program for school-age children for time in child care when the children are completing remote, virtual, or online schoolwork while their parent is in their activity. Contact your CCAP worker for more information.

The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota’s Bridge to Benefits screening tool can be used to help you determine potential eligibility and information needed to apply for these and other public programs that support economic stability. Families may also call 1-888-291-9811 for assistance with financial resources to afford care. 

FOOD SUPPORT: Spikes in COVID cases due to Omicron is resulting in schools shifting to online learning and more and more children unable to attend school or child care. Understanding that school and child care are also places where children access nutritious meals, families may have increased need for emergency food resources. Below are several resources for families:

  • Minnesota is home to a robust network of food shelves that may be able to offer additional food support. Many local food shelves are modifying hours or operations to ensure food can be provided safely. Once you have located a nearby organization, call or visit their website to get the most up-to-date information. Find a food shelf or meal program and explore other COVID-19 emergency food assistance resources. If you are concerned about how these resources may affect your citizenship status, food shelves will not affect your ability to become a citizen.
  • When there are cases or exposures that require students to temporarily shift to online learning at a student, class, grade, school, or LEA-wide level, MDE expects districts and charter schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program continue to provide access to meals. Schools may provide these meals in various ways. Refer to your school’s communications for more information.
  • Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available to Minnesota families with children approved for free or reduced-price school meals when school operations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your student is eligible for P-EBT benefits for the 2021-2022 school year if: 
  • The school participates in the National School Lunch Program or the Seamless Summer Option
  • The student is eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

And one or both of the following:

  • Their school has reduced hours or attendance for five consecutive instructional days due to a COVID impact or
  • The parent reports to the school that the student’s absence is due to a COVID impact. 

Students who qualify for free or reduce benefits do not need to apply separately for P-EBT benefits.

Visit the P-EBT webpage for more information.

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