Growing prosperity in greater minnesota

Deadlines approach for child care grants

Two deadlines are approaching for grants available to child care providers and communities looking address child care shortages.

Providers looking to access the $53 million available in COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care, a program funded through the federal CARES Act and sponsored by the MN Department of Human Services, have until Oct. 14 to apply. Grants are available to help providers cover the cost of safeguarding the health and safety of children and staff for three months. Grants of up to $1,200 a month for family care providers and $8,500 for centers are available for providers who the meet the following criteria:

• Operating on Sept. 15
• Committed to operating through Dec. 15
• License in good standing
• Not found responsible for fraud in the past

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Blandin’s Broadband Conference to take place over 4 weeks

The Blandin Foundation is holding its annual Broadband Conference in a very different way this year. Rather than a usual 1-2 day conference filled with back-to-back seminars and panel discussions, this years’ conference will take place over four weeks. And thanks to broadband, the conference will be 100% virtual.

With the use of a virtual setting and by spreading the conference over four weeks, Blandin is also moving away from a meeting-based conference to more focus on collaboration, community discussion, and mentorship. Opportunities include:

  • Custom meetup/mentoring sessions where you can meet online with potential partners and/or experts in broadband adoption and deployment
  • Learning cohorts (small groups) to connect you with other attendees to bounce ideas and traverse an online event throughout the conference
  • Keynote speakers with the option to ask questions in real time or later, including Shirley Bloomfield of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Coalition, Roberto Gallardo from Purdue Center for Regional Development, Deb Socia from The Enterprise Center, and internationally known author and journalist Thomas Friedman.
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