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Child Care Stabilization Base 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. At the end of June, Minnesota's Legislature created Minnesota’s Child Care Stabilization Grant Program, which began in June 2021 and will last until June 2023.

Child Care Stabilization Base Grants will be available to all eligible providers on a monthly basis beginning September 2021. Program highlights follow below. For further information about details visit FAQs on Base Grants.

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Base Grant amounts

Base Grant amounts are determined based on the number of full-time equivalent staff who regularly care for children in the program, including sole proprietors (i.e. family child care providers) or independent contractors. "Regularly cares for children" is defined as a paid staff person whose job description or responsibilities include interacting with, caring for, and supervising children enrolled in the program. 

Providers who have recently received payments through the Child Care Assistance Program, Early Learning Scholarships, or both will be eligible for a 10% increase to their Base Grant award per funding period.

Base Grants will be available through a monthly application from September 2021 through June 2023. Beginning in July 2022, Base Grant amounts will be reduced from initial payment amounts. State statute requires the final month’s award amount be no more than 50% of the amounts awarded in September 2021.  

Base Grant eligibility

To be eligible for a Base Grant, providers must be licensed, certified or registered, in good standing with the Minnesota Department of Human Services or their tribe, and be open, operating and serving children during the funding period, in addition to other requirements. Please refer to the Base Grant Frequently Asked Questions for full details. 

Application process

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is continuing to use the online application process used in previous funding rounds. Emails with application information and a link to a personalized application will be sent to all eligible providers. Applications for the Base Grants open at the end of each funding period. 

Example Base Grant applications for certified child care centers, family child care, legal non-licensed, and licensed child care centers are posted below.

Application Timeline: June - December 2022

Referred to as: Funding period Application period Reported hours period 10% bonus lookback period
June 2022 Base Grant May 15, 2022 – Jun. 14, 2022 Jun. 15, 2022 – Jun. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. May 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022 Feb. 20, 2022 – Mar. 20, 2022
Feb. 20, 2022 – Jun. 12, 2022 (Certified centers only)
July 2022 Base Grant Jun. 15, 2022 – Jul. 14, 2022 Jul. 15, 2022 – Jul. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. Jun. 1, 2022 – Jun. 30, 2022 Mar. 21, 2022 – Apr. 17, 2022
Mar. 21, 2022 – July 10, 2022 (Certified centers only)
August 2022 Base Grant Jul. 15, 2022 – Aug. 14, 2022 Aug. 15, 2022 – Aug. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. Jul. 1, 2022 – Jul. 31, 2022 May 2, 2022 – May 29, 2022
May 2, 2022 – Aug. 7, 2022 (Certified centers only)
September 2022  Base Grant Aug. 15, 2022 – Sep. 14, 2022 Sep. 15, 2022 – Sep. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. Aug. 1, 2022 – Aug. 31, 2022 May 30, 2022 – Jun. 26, 2022
May 30, 2022 – Sep. 4, 2022 (Certified centers only)
October 2022 Base Grant Sep. 15, 2022 – Oct. 14, 2022 Oct. 17, 2022 – Oct. 24, 2022 at 4 p.m. Sep. 1, 2022 – Sep. 30, 2022 Jun. 27, 2022 – Jul. 24, 2022
Jun. 27, 2022 – Oct. 2, 2022 (Certified centers only)
November 2022 Base Grant Oct. 15, 2022 – Nov. 14, 2022 Nov. 15, 2022 – Nov. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. Oct. 1, 2022 – Oct. 31, 2022 Jul. 25, 2022 - Aug. 21, 2022
Jul. 25, 2022 - Nov. 13, 2022 (Certified centers only)
December 2022 Base Grant Nov. 15, 2022 – Dec. 14, 2022 Dec. 15, 2022 – Dec. 22, 2022 at 4 p.m. Nov. 1, 2022 – Nov. 30, 2022 Aug. 22, 2022 – Sep. 18, 2022
Aug. 22, 2022 – Dec. 11, 2022 (Certified centers only)

Funding period – the time period when providers must meet all state and federal eligibility requirements of the Child Care Stabilization Base Grants.

Application period – the time period when providers apply to a Child Care Stabilization Base Grant.

Reported hours period – the time period for which providers report total monthly hours spent caring for children for themselves and/or any staff.

10% bonus lookback period – if providers receive Child Care Assistance Program or Early Learning Scholarship payments during this period, then they are awarded a 10% bonus to their award amount for that Child Care Stabilization Base Grant.

Requirements of Base Grant recipients

Providers who accept a Base Grant must attest in writing to meet the following requirements during the funding period.

Programs that accept Base Grants must agree to NOT

Allowable uses of Base Grant funds

Programs may use the funds for one or more of the following options. Expenses must be incurred between Jan. 31, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2023. Providers accepting these funds must ensure the funds are not used to pay for any allowable use that has already been paid for with other federal, state, tribal or local funds.

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