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Posted on: March 26, 2020

COVID-19: Child Care Provider Services & Grants

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Initiative Foundation Grants for Child Care Providers

The Initiative Foundation is offering grants between $500-$3,000 dollars to assist licensed family and center-based child-care providers, who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Grants will be awarded to providers who serve the children of first responders, emergency personnel, health care workers or anyone else deemed essential to work during this crisis. See the state-approved list of essential personnel. Interested child care providers must complete a short online application. Visit ifound.org/covid-19 and select the “Child Care Response” tab for details. The Initiative Foundation’s goal is to provide a response and funding within two weeks for qualifying applicants.

State of Minnesota: Child Care Providers

Child care providers are allowed to remain open in the State of Minnesota. A map of licensed child care providers may be found online at https://mn.gov/mmb/childcare/

If you are a child care provider and are able to remain open we encourage you to:

• Prioritize children of emergency workers and workers in critical sectors
• Follow this guidance and best practices and use Minnesota’s Department of Health’s COVID-19 Child Care Screening for Emergency Child Care Centers
• Use this form to notify us that you have capacity to serve additional children of first responders and health care workers.
• If you have additional questions, you may call the Department of Human Services child care provider hotline at 1-888-234-1268

On March 15 and again on March 25, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-02 and Executive Order 20-19 directing school districts and charter schools to provide school-age care during the normal school day to district-enrolled children of emergency workers in Tier 1 of the list.

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are communicating with employers and encouraging them to utilize existing child care providers. They have provided this letter.

Testing
Child care providers who have notified us of their willingness to care for children of emergency workers have been officially added to the state’s priority list for COVID-19 testing. However, because of today’s nationwide lack of testing capacity, the state lab is not able to test all prioritized groups. The only priority groups currently being tested are hospitalized patients, health care workers, and residents of communal living sites. The Governor’s office is working closely with our federal delegation, local universities, health systems, and other laboratories in the state to increase lab testing capacity. Emergency workers and child care providers are a prioritized group for the next level of testing once more capacity is online.

Minnesota Department of Health: https://www.health.state.mn.us/dis…/coronavirus/schools.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/…/schools-chi…/guidance-for-schools.html

Minnesota Department of Education: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/health/covid19/

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/index.jsp
About the information on this page

Emergency workers with young children ages 0-12 who call 1.888.291.9811 will be directed to child care providers.

Additional information is available on the Mille Lacs County website at www.millelacs.mn.gov

Minnesota Department of Health Child Care Resource
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