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COVID-19 Resources for Families

Families looking for testing access, COVID-19 information, and other resources should go to the Minnesota COVID-19 Response website.

Parent and Family resource guide (HmongSomali and Spanish) aimed at helping families find supports related to COVID-19, including economic, child care, mental health, and other supports. 

COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families (PDF) (Hmong, Somali, Spanish): Guide for parents and families to understand when children can attend school, youth programs, and child care during COVID-19. Following this and general public health guidance is critical to help mitigate the spread of the virus and help keep your child care provider operating.

Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms (PDF) (Hmong, Somali, Spanish): Home screening tool for parents and guardians related to COVID-19.

Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Community Organizations: The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hmong, Karen, Lao, Oromo, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese, is designed to help community and faith-based organizations educate communities about COVID-19 vaccine and combat misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Resources for families regarding the 2020-21 school year:

  • CDC School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

  • Information on the Safe Learning Plan including descriptions of learning models and frequently asked questions.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - MN Chapter guidance with questions to help families think about distance, hybrid, and in-person learning options

  • If your child’s school is in hybrid or distance learning, refer to the guidance for individuals and programs supporting distance and hybrid learners as you explore additional arrangements to care for and engage your child during school hours.

Are you a parent or guardian in need of child care?

Are you a parent or guardian in need of child care? The child care landscape has been greatly impacted by this pandemic – while many child care providers are operating, they are facing increased costs, lost revenue, temporary closures, and workforce challenges related to implementing public health guidance. Families are facing increased challenges accessing child care with children in distance or hybrid learning and those that rely on family, friend, or neighbor care may no longer be able to due to age or an underlying health condition. Child care providers are expected to follow data-driven public health guidance designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. Child care providers are working hard to ensure that they can operate and serve families despite increased workloads and financial challenges.

FINDING OPEN CHILD CARE: If you are a parent or guardian in need of child care call the Child Care Aware parent line at 1-888-291-9811 to be directed to available licensed child care providers or use the map below. 

Thousands of child care providers have reported since the beginning of the state’s COVID response that they are open to families. Families can view current providers using the map below.

COST:  Child care providers will charge tuition that varies with their program policies and business practices. Tuition paid by families is almost always a provider's primary source of revenue and is critical to their ability to operate. Many providers are working to accommodate financial considerations of families during this time of emergency. Families in need of financial assistance may still apply for and eligible families may receive Child Care Assistance and Early Learning Scholarships. The Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota’s Bridge to Benefits screening tool can be used to help you determine potential eligibility and information needed to apply for these and other public programs that support economic stability. Families may also call 1-888-291-9811 for assistance with financial resources to afford care. 

School-age care. Many families will need care for their children during periods of hybrid and distance learning in order to report to work or fulfill other obligations. Child care and youth programs willing to serve school-age children are reported in the map of providers below. Families that need assistance with finding care refer to the section above on families seeking child care.  

  • During a hybrid or distance learning model when students are not receiving in-person instruction, districts and charter schools will provide care for eligible school-age children age 12 and under who are children of critical workers on Tier I of the state critical worker list. This care is provided during regular school hours at no cost. Refer to this School-Age Care Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions and contact your child's school for more information and availability. 
  • Families in need of financial assistance should use Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota’s Bridge to Benefits screening tool to determine child care financial supports for which they may be eligible. They are also encouraged to apply for Child Care Assistance.

  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can authorize and pay for families accessing the program for school-age children for time in child care when the children are completing remote, virtual, or online schoolwork while their parent is in their activity. Contact your CCAP worker for more information. 

Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave. The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) required certain employers to provide employees with emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19, including for up to 12 weeks in certain circumstances when an employee is unable to work because their child's child care or school is closed or they have to care for a child or qualifying family member for reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions were effective through December 31, 2020 and starting January 1 will no longer be required of public or private employers. However, the federal COVID-19 relief package signed into law on December 27 did extend the refundable tax credit for paid sick and family leave for eligible private-sector employers and self-employed individuals that voluntarily provide qualifying leave through September 30, 2021. 

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