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

All eligible providers will receive funding as long they apply by the deadline. All licensed child care providers in Minnesota have received information about this program, but CGMC members are encouraged to make this available to their local providers as a reminder to apply. Additional information is available here.

The application period has been extended to Oct. 16 for cities to apply for the Rural Child Care Innovation Program (RCCIP), sponsored by First Children’s Finance and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Communities with identified child care challenges that are impacting local economic development should consider applying for this innovative program. Selected communities will participate in a facilitated engagement process designed to increase the supply of high-quality affordable child care in Greater Minnesota. RCCIP guides communities in identifying the scope and size of the local child care problem, and to help build solutions to address the challenges.

More information, including how to apply, is available here.