Funding will support providers and improve access to child care for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
4/15/2021 10:53:22 AM
[ST. PAUL, MN] – Today, Governor Tim Walz announced that the State has received $135 million in federal relief funding to support child care in Minnesota. The new funding will support child care providers and improve access to child care for low-income families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The child care industry has been essential to our COVID-19 response and it will help drive our economic recovery forward,” said Governor Walz. “This funding will go directly to child care providers and working families to ease the hardships they’ve faced over the last year. I’m grateful to our federal partners for helping us support this critical industry.”
The new funding comes from the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act that was passed in December. The funding is in addition to $48 million that the state previously received in federal relief for child care.
“The child care industry is the work force behind our work force and the backbone of our economy, but the last year has brought unimaginable challenges to child care providers and working families across the state,” said Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. “With a focus on equity, this new funding centers the needs of low income families disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and provides critical financial support to child care providers across the state.”
“This additional much-needed funding will be used to improve access to child care, especially for families with low incomes,” said Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “It also will help support child care providers, who are essential to Minnesota’s pandemic response and economic recovery.”
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will allocate the funding as follows:
DHS based this funding plan on the following guiding principles:
DHS has sent emails to eligible child care providers with information about how to apply for relief funds. The application period for March payments just closed with more than 8,300 child care providers anticipated to receive payments. More information about the funding and eligibility criteria can be found in an FAQ on the DHS website . Anyone with questions should contact Child Care Aware at 651-290-9704 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .