7/21/2020 12:49:11 PM
The availability of child care is critical to Minnesota’s families, but many child care providers are struggling to stay open, and costs related to COVID-19 health and safety guidance are placing additional financial strain on providers. New funding will help ease that burden.
Eligible child care providers have until 5 p.m. on July 26, 2020, to apply for Public Health Support Funds for Child Care. This new funding will help approximately 7,000 child care providers offset the costs of meeting new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Minnesota Department of Health.
To be eligible, providers must have been open and serving children as of June 15, 2020, and must commit to staying open through September 2020. Providers must also maintain health and safety standards, among other qualifications. All eligible providers will receive funds.
To learn more about eligibility, as well as funding amounts and the schedule for issuing funds, view /dhs/assets/faqs-covid-19-public-health-support-funds-for-child-care_tcm1053-440429.pdfanswers to frequently asked questions about the Public Health Support Funds for Child Care (PDF).
Eligible child care providers received an email on July 15 with a link to their individualized application. Providers who did not receive this email, but believe they are eligible for funding, should contact Child Care Aware at 651-290-9704 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find child care resources related to COVID-19, including public health guidance for providers, visit mn.gov/childcare/.