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Resources for Child Care and Youth Programs

Two young children looking at a book COVID-19 and our state’s emergency response has highlighted what we already know - child care providers are essential workers and our families and employers depend on their work. This pandemic has changed the landscape of how centers and family child care operate, and the Governor has worked with his Administration and Children’s Cabinet to develop guidelines, programs, and resources to help ensure child care providers have what they need to care for our youngest Minnesotans to the best of their ability. Youth programs are also working to be available this summer and the Administration is working to share specific public health guidance to support these programs in meeting the needs of children and families.

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Guidance for operating during the pandemic

  • Child care provider hotline. The Department of Human Services child care provider hotline can be reached at 1-888-234-1268 if you have questions related to child care. DHS Licensing is working with certified and licensed centers and licensed family child care programs to accommodate the need for increased access to school-age care.
  • Supplies and resources: The Governor through his Children’s Cabinet is working to compile information and build public-private partnerships to support child care providers securing the food and cleaning product and supplies they need. More info at:

Financial assistance for child care providers

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