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Supporting Minnesota
Families, Friends & Neighbors
Caring for Children

When you care for the children of family, friends or neighbors (FFN), you are providing critical support in helping children, families and the community thrive. You are more than a babysitter; and we are here to help support your work.

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Areas we support for FFN Caregivers




A multitude of educational resources are available for FFN caregivers to help support early-learning and school-age children’s in-school and distance learning.




Training and educational resources are available to help FFN caregivers understand and improve children’s nutrition.


Health & Wellness


Social emotional learning, health and safety, and early learning kits are just a few of the resources available to help FFN caregivers provide a healthy environment.




Training and other resources, like transportation, are available to help FFN caregivers improve and promote children’s safety.

What type of support is available to FFN caregivers?

  • Culturally appropriate training and resources for FFN caregivers to enhance and promote children’s health and safety
  • Training for FFN caregivers to support school-age children’s distance learning
  • Social emotional learning, health and safety, and early learning kits for FFN caregivers
  • Technology to support virtual connections and training on technology use
  • Recruitment to get FFN caregivers into professional support networks
  • Education about child care licensing
  • Education about the Child Care Assistance Program, Early Learning Scholarships and other financial supports for families
  • Transportation for FFN caregivers and children’s families to school readiness and other early childhood development training activities
  • Culturally appropriate early childhood development training
  • Coordinate play and learn sessions for FFN caregivers
  • Develop new FFN networks and strengthen existing ones
  • Mental health supports for FFN caregivers and staff
  • Building caregiver cohorts that consist of family, home based, FFN and legal non-licensed child care
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