Minnesota opens applications for emergency child-care grants

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) – The state of Minnesota has opened the application process for emergency grants for child-care providers during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Legislature passed the grant legislation as part of its COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget, which Gov. Tim Walz signed into law on March 28.
The grants will provide about $10 million a month during the next few months to support basic infrastructure needed to keep child care capacity available.
About 420,000 children younger than 12 live in households of essential workers in critical sectors, according to state estimates. About 270,000 of them will need care during the ravages of COVID-19, and about 120,000 are likely to need and use licensed child-care settings.
“These grants will be critical in ensuring that child care continues to be available to first responders, health care workers and so many other folks responding to the COVID-19 emergency,” Walz said.
Child Care Aware of Minnesota will administer and distribute the funds for emergency child care services. Information about the grants is on Child Care Aware’s website.
Six Minnesota Initiative Foundations also launched an Emergency Child Care Grant Program to provide support for Greater Minnesota licensed child care providers serving families of essential workers during the pandemic.
Think Small also is issuing grants to family child care programs in the metro area.
More information is available on the initiative foundations website.