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The State is issuing $56.6 million in funds to approximately 7,000 Minnesota child care providers to help ensure the health and safety of children and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care program is specifically designed to provide support to all child care providers who qualify.

Child care providers can apply for the funding starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 26. To apply for these funds, providers must fill out an online application using an individualized link that they will receive via email from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) on July 15.

  • Licensed family child care providers will receive up to $1,200 per month for July, August, and September
  • Licensed centers will receive up to $8,500 per month for July, August, and September
  • Certain certified centers will receive up to $8,500 per month in July and August. Eligible certified centers include nonprofit programs that primarily provide care for school-age children year-round, but full time in the summer months, and are certified to participate in the Child Care Assistance Program for families with low incomes.

All eligible providers who apply will receive funds.

The Department of Human Services has compiled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate this process.

If you still have questions after reviewing the Frequently Asked Questions document, please email or call 651.290.9704.

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