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New grants benefit community child care providers

Nearly $3 million will support family, friend and neighbor child care

6/2/2022 10:00:00 AM

A new round of state grants recognizes the grandparents, relatives, friends and neighbors who care for children in diverse communities across Minnesota, often without the resources available to licensed child care providers.

A total of $2.9 million for community organizations will provide training and support for family, friends and neighbors who provide child care for the youngest Minnesotans. The Minnesota Department of Human Services will distribute grants to organizations serving unlicensed family, friend and neighbor child care providers. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

Family, friend and neighbor care is common in diverse cultural and ethnic communities and is often the only child care option for parents who work evenings, weekends, overnight shifts and other nonstandard hours. It may be full- or part-time, paid or unpaid, and provided in the child’s home or the caregiver’s home. Providers typically care for one or two children.

“These grants will support family, friends and neighbors who step up to provide child care, often without receiving the same benefits as licensed child care providers,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “Providing more resources for this essential child care option will strengthen the workforce behind the workforce.”

All the organizations receiving grants will support multicultural, refugee and immigrant communities across the state. The grants will help develop new networks and strengthen existing connections for family, friend and neighbor child care providers; offer training and materials; and connect providers to services and resources.

Grantees may use the funds for:

  • Culturally appropriate training and resources to enhance and promote children's health and safety
  • Training to support school-age children’s distance learning
  • Social emotional learning, health and safety, and early learning kits
  • Information about child care licensing
  • Transportation to school readiness and other early childhood training activities.

Grantees are listed below.

Central Minnesota

  • Milestones, Waite Park

Northern Minnesota

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet
  • Indigenous Visioning, White Earth and Greater Minnesota Tribal communities
  • Lakes & Prairies CAP (Community Action Partnership), Moorhead
  • MAHUBE-OTWA CAP (Community Action Partnership), Detroit Lakes
  • Northland Foundation, Duluth
  • Tri Valley, Crookston

Southern Minnesota

  • Families First, Rochester
  • Rice Co GUH (Growing Up Healthy), Northfield
  • UCAP (United Community Action Partnership), Marshall

Twin Cities metro area

  • Aviellah Curriculum and Consulting, Minneapolis
  • Change, Inc., Minneapolis
  • CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio), St. Paul
  • HECC (Hmong Early Childhood Coalition), St. Paul
  • LaRed Latina de Educación Temprana, Richfield
  • Minneapolis YCB (Youth Coordinating Board), Minneapolis
  • REFA (Restoration For All, Inc.), St. Paul
  • Wilder Foundation, Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota

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