COVID-19 NEWS FOR CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE PROVIDERS

COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds

The Education and Child Care Workgroup at the direction of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan made a $53.3 million federal Coronavirus Relief Funds request on September 17 to continue funding for the COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care through December. The request was approved by the Legislative Advisory Commission on September 29. The request continues monthly payments in October, November and December to support public health guidance implementation for eligible licensed family child care (up to $1,200 per month for three months), licensed child care centers (up to $8,500 per month for three months), and certified centers (approximately $3,000 per month for three months) that accept the funds. To be eligible providers must be operating and serving children as of September 15 and plan to remain operating and serving children for the duration of the funding period (September 15-December 15), among other requirements. All types of certified centers, not just nonprofit certified centers, that meet the funding requirements are eligible to receive funds.

The application process for providers to receive this funding will be very similar to the application administered in the last round of Public Health Support Funds in July. All eligible providers, including the providers that received the previous round of funding (July-September) must fill out an application and attestation form to receive the funds. Eligible providers will receive the online application and attestation form via a unique email to eligible providers. The application period for the second round of funds will be available beginning 8 a.m. on October 5 and will close at 5 p.m. on October 14. Providers that do not submit the application by the deadline will not be eligible for the funding for the duration of the funding period. Child Care Aware of Minnesota will again contract with the state to provide outreach and technical assistance on the funding to providers.

COVID-19 UPDATES For the most current updates related to child care please visit https://mn.gov/childcare/

Parent Aware 

Child Care Assistance

Early Learning Scholarships

Head Start

Other Children’s Services

Quality child care is an essential component to self-sufficiency for families as well as the foundation for future learning for thousands of Anoka and Washington County children. ACCAP has been administering services since 1991, working towards building a healthy child care system, which is responsive to these needs for all families in our community.

The whole community benefits when families have access to affordable, high quality child care that not only helps parents work, but also provides the developmental and educational foundation children need.

ACCAP’s child care support services offer programs which support the availability, affordability, and quality of child care in Anoka and Washington Counties. These programs have been a catalyst for creating partnerships with businesses, faith communities, city governments, school districts, and many other community cornerstones to address the issues affecting children and families. To learn more on how to cut high cost of Child Care click here

For the Community

In an effort to support families with their work-life concerns, Anoka County Community Action Program and Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro partners with businesses, faith communities, and community leadership to “link” the needs with the resources. We can provide informational articles, statistics and consultations to help assess the needs of your group or congregation. 

We also offer the opportunity to come speak with your group or organization around child care issues. Brown bag lunches, meetings, or resource fairs all offer the opportunity to create public awareness for children and families. Contact Sydney Lindenfelser at 763-783-4881 or by e-mail at slindenfelser@accap.org

Child Care Rates by City

A child care rate survey is done each year by Child Care Aware of Minnesota. All licensed providers are asked to report their current rates. These numbers are the average child care rates charged in a county or city.

To see listings of average child care rates, by city, for Anoka County, HERE.

To see listings of average child care rates, by city, for Washington County, HERE.

 

Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates

Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates are the amount that you would be reimbursed for a child in your care who receives child care assistance.

For information about Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates for Anoka County click HERE.

For information about Child Care Assistance Reimbursement Rates for Washington County click HERE.

 

                            

We hope you enjoy the information and resources we offer on our website.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments through e-mail to slindenfelser@accap.org or by phone: 763-783-4881. 

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