Resources for Child Care Providers

Statewide hotline for child care providers: 1-888-234-1268
Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.​

According to MN law , child care providers are required to report diseases to the health department. COVID-19 is covered under this rule as a “SARS” disease and as an “unusual or increased case incidence of any suspect infectious illness.” You do not need to worry about privacy issues or confidentiality when you make a report. Health care providers, laboratories, and others are also required to report. It is important that you call right away, even if you think that someone else may have already made a report. Contact the Minnesota Department of Health at 1- (877) 676-5414 or (651) 201-5414.

The US Office of Child Care

The US Office of Child Care recently launched - a new dedicated COVID-19 Resources and Information page - that includes information to help families and child care providers learn more about the impact of COVID-19 in their state or territory. Below are the links to Minnesota Resources.


COVID-19 Information

Minnesota COVID-19 Information

Child Care Information for Families

MN Department of Health: COVID-19 Family Resources

COVID-19 Information for Providers

MN Department of Health: COVID-19 Information

MN Child Care Provider Guidance

MN Emergency Grants for Child Care Programs

Child Care Financial Assistance

MN Department of Health: Child Care Assistance Program Providers

MN DPH: Additional Guidance for Child Care Providers

Status of Child Care

Child care is open, but may have stricter guidelines such as reduced group size and additional sanitation requirements.

Emergency Care Information

MN Map of Open Child Care Programs and Emergency Child Care Information for Parents

Emergency Worker Child Care Helpline: 888-291-9811

Help Finding Care

MN Parent Aware Child Care Referral Services

General | Business and Financial | Health | Resources for Children and Families


Minnesota’s Children’s Cabinet - Children and Families Resources in COVID-19 Response

Modification to Family Child Care Licensing Requirements

The Governor and Lt. Governor Communications Urging Critical Sector Industries to Utilize Existing Child Care Providers, 3/25

Minnesota Department of Human Services: Child Care Assistance Update 03/24

CDC Guidance for School Settings

Governor and Lt. Governor's COVID-19 Update to Child Care Providers

Child Care Aware America: How Does COVID-19 Impact Child Care Providers?

Provide Child Care Services to Children of Emergency Workers

Communication to Child Care Providers Following Executive Order 20-02: Minnesota Department of Human Services

NAECY's Updates and Resources for Child Care Providers

American Academy of Pediatrics Preparing Child Care Programs for Pandemic Influenza

Avoid Scams: The Better Business Bureau | The Federal Trade Commission

Business and Financial

Wh at Child Care Businesses Need to Know About Unemployment through the CARES Act

SBA Loans for Child Care Providers

Forgivable Loans for Child Care Providers - CARES

Modification to Child Care Center Licensing Requirements

Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants are now OPEN | FAQs | Apply Now

How Much Will Family Child Care Providers Receive from the Stimulus Bill?

Emergency Child Care Grant Program

IRS Filing and Payment Deadlines FAQ

IRS Operations During COVID-19

Temporary Layoff Information from Minnesota Unemployment Insurance

U.S. Postpones April 15 Tax Payments for 90 Days for Most Americans

IRS Tax Payment Deadline: July 15

Information and Resources for Workers, MN DEED

Unemployment Benefits, MN Unemployment Insurance

Department of Human Services - Waivers under peacetime emergency authority

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CDC COVID-19 Overview

MDH COVID-19 Overview in English | Spanish | Somali | Hmong

World Health Organization COVID-19 Myth Busters

Planning for the Outbreak


Behavioral Health and Emergency Preparedness

Resources for Children and Families

NPR Comic for Children on COVID-19

Harvard Medical School: How to talk to children about COVID-19

Hunger Solutions: Meals for Kids

KSTP: Restaurants offering free meals for children

Free Educational Resources for Parents

Scholastic Online Learning

Junior Achievement Online Learning

Resources for Small Businesses | Community Resources