6/11/2020 12:00:00 PM
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota has supported child care providers who prioritize care for children of essential workers, distributing a combined $20 million in Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant funding in April and May. For the third round of grant funding – which is now open for applications – Minnesota is expanding eligibility to include certified child care centers that serve children during the summer.
Applications for the third round of funding are open from June 8 at 8 a.m. until June 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. Child care providers can learn about the application process, eligibility and past recipients on the Child Care Aware of Minnesota website.
Newly eligible for this third round of grant awards are about 100 certified license-exempt nonprofit programs that primarily provide care for school-age children in the summer months. These programs are now included to help address the need for summer child care for school-age children, with a focus on programs that are certified to serve children from lower income families. School-based centers and Head Start programs are not eligible to apply, as they have access to additional federal funding.
Child Care Aware, under contract with DHS, issued about $10 million in grants in each of the first two rounds of funding. It will issue $20 million in this third round, bringing the year-to-date total to nearly $40 million.
The Minnesota Legislature created the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants in March to address an urgent need for child care providers to continue to provide services throughout the duration of the pandemic, especially for health care workers and in areas with higher need for child care in response to this emergency.
Learn more in these frequently asked questions about the Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants (PDF).
Resources for child care providers are available at mn.gov/mmb/childcare/providers/.
Resources for families looking for child care are available at mn.gov/mmb/childcare/families/.