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COVID-19 Resources for Families

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.

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

Parent and Family Public Health Guidance to support families keeping children active, social, and healthy.

Resources for families going back to schools:

  • 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 – whether family members are safe at home and can no longer care for children due to age or an underlying condition or a child care provider closes due to decreased enrollment, financial strain, or public health needs.

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. 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.  

  • 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.  
  • During a hybrid or distance learning model when students are not receiving in-person instruction, districts and charter schools will provide care for 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. Tier 1 includes:
    • Healthcare and public health
    • Law enforcement, public safety and first responders
    • Food and agriculture
    • Judicial Branch (essential services)
    • National Guard (activated under a Gov. Executive Order) 
    • Educators and school staff providing in-person instruction or caring for children of critical workers
    • Child care and school-age care providers

EMPLOYERS: Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan sent a letter to employers sharing resources created by the state to help support child care needs during the pandemic.

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