Child Care Stabilization Grants
Child care providers were hard hit by low enrollment and higher costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. DHS is administering several programs to help stabilize the child care industry in Minnesota. These programs include:
Transition Grants (June and July 2021)
Transition Grants were designed to allow time to finalize the specifics of the full Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and still provide support to eligible providers during the June and July monthly funding periods (paid in July and August). These grants have now concluded.
Base Grants (September 2021 through June 2023)
Base Grants will be available to all eligible providers beginning September 2021 for monthly grant awards. At the start of each monthly application period, all eligible providers will receive an email with a link to a personalized application. Learn about the Base Grants.
Financial Hardship Grants
Financial Hardship Grants will be available to child care programs experiencing extreme financial hardship. The specific amounts, criteria and timeline of the Financial Hardship Grants are in development. Learn more about Financial Hardship Grants.
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in March 2021, and it provided Minnesota with additional funds designed to help stabilize the child care industry as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These federal funds have specific rules and requirements that must be followed.
At the end of June 2021, the Minnesota Legislature created Minnesota’s Child Care Stabilization Grant Program, which began in June 2021 and will last until June 2023.