CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANT PROGRAM
This program replaces the COVD-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program.
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in March 2021, providing Minnesota with additional funds designed to help stabilize the child care industry as our state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These federal funds have specific rules and requirements that must be followed. The Minnesota Legislature is working on how to allocate these funds and will provide direction to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).
Support has been secured for DHS to proceed with the use of these federal stimulus funds to begin the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program with funding for a transition round of funding in June. This will allow time to finalize the specifics of the full Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and still provide support to eligible providers during the June funding period.
The application period for the June Child Care Stabilization Grant Program will open July 1, and close at 4:00 p.m. on July 14, 2021. Providers who do not submit an application by the deadline will be not be eligible for June funding. Emails with application information and a link to a personalized application will be sent to eligible providers on July 1, 2021 by 10:00 a.m.
An updated Frequently Asked Questions document with more information on updates to the program requirements and allowable uses of funds is available on the DHS website.