A dedicated hotline for child care providers has been launched by DHS to provide rapid response and resources to address concerns during this evolving situation of COVID-19 in Minnesota. If you have questions, please call the DHS hotline at 1-888-234-1268 or read the latest information from the State of Minnesota on their website. In addition, the information posted in this document provides coordinated guidance on actions to protect and support your staff and the children and families you serve.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota


Helping children succeed in school and life by supporting the professional growth of child care providers and connecting families to quality child care.

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Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants
Grants for licensed child care providers serving essential workers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses reward child care professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to the field by continuing their education and professional development. R.E.E.T.A.I.N Bonuses can be used for program supplies, training, or personal expenses.
Eager-to-Learn online trainings are multi-week, teacher-led courses that utilize message board discussions and weekly live chat discussions. Students review assigned course materials and participate in message board discussions. Mandatory live chat discussions are scheduled for one evening during the week and elaborate on the content covered.

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Parent Aware

Parent Aware Star Ratings help to improve, support, and celebrate child care and early education programs in Minnesota.