Governor Tim Walz announced that the application process for emergency grants for child care providers is open. This funding was passed by the legislature as part of their COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget.

There are approximately 420,000 children under the age of 12 who live in a household of an essential worker within a critical sector. Of these, the state estimates that during this peacetime emergency, about 270,000 children will need care and approximately 120,000 are likely to need and use licensed child care settings.

These grants will provide about $10 million per month over the next few months to support basic infrastructure needed to keep child care capacity available.