For a child care provider in the boundaries of a city in two or more of the counties of Benton, Sherburne and Stearns, the maximum rate paid for child care assistance is the maximum rate paid in the county with the highest maximum rates or the provider’s charge, whichever is less. This impacts families using child care providers in St. Cloud or Sartell. Effective July 2, 2018.
To continue receiving child care assistance, license exempt centers must show compliance with federal health and safety requirements by completing the certification process. Effective Sept. 30, 2018.
The income of spouses for newly married couples will not be counted for families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program child care. Effective Dec. 1, 2018.
Increase in Parent Aware grants for centers in counties with low Parent Aware participation
As of July 1, 2018, licensed centers in targeted counties that earn or Re-Rate for a One-, Two-, or Three-Star Rating through the Full-Rating Pathway will be eligible for higher Parent Aware grants to support quality improvement. This policy change was made to increase the availability of Rated child care programs for families in the parts of Minnesota where participation in Parent Aware is still low. The higher grant amount will be available through June 30, 2021.
The grant amount for licensed centers increased from $2,500 to $3,500 for programs in the following targeted counties:
Region 1 Kittson, Red Lake, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk
Region 2 Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen
Region 3 Aitkin, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Region 4 Becker, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Traverse, Wilkin
Region 5 Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena
Region 6E Kandiyohi, Renville
Region 6W Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine
Region 7E Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine
Region 7W Benton, Stearns
Region 8 Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock
Region 9 Blue Earth, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
Region 10 Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Rice, Steele
Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Educators explains what those in the early childhood workforce should know and be able to do. A series of documents about the framework is available at Minnesota Department of Education's website.