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Governor proposes funding to help child care providers with health, safety costs

7/9/2020 12:49:11 PM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that child care providers take steps to ensure the health and safety of themselves, their workers and the families they serve. But implementing health and safety measures can be expensive, which represents a challenge for many child care providers who are struggling to stay open during this difficult time.

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan recently announced a proposal for $56.6 million in new child care funding that would help providers offset the costs of meeting new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Minnesota Department of Health. Under the proposal:

  • Licensed home child care providers would receive up to $1,200 per month for July, August and September
  • Licensed centers would receive up to $8,500 per month for July, August and September
  • Some certified centers would receive up to $8,500 per month in July and August.

Funding would be issued to all eligible child care providers who are open and serving children, and maintaining health and safety standards, among other qualifications. If funding is approved, DHS and the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet will provide information about how child care providers can apply.

To find child care resources related to COVID-19, including public health guidance for providers, visit mn.gov/childcare/.


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