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Resources available from the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet:

  • COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds: The Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued clarification to the COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care operating policy and the allowable service disruptions and temporary closures related to public health recommendations to remain eligible to receive these funds. More information about the allowable temporary closures and how to report them to DHS can be found in the updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document starting with question number 5. Question 32 has also been updated to provide more detailed information about allowable funds uses, including how the funds can be used to support your financial stability during allowable temporary closures.

  • Return to Emergency COVID Background Studies: Recognizing the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases is causing significant staffing challenges for numerous providers across Minnesota, the Department Human Services will be returning to emergency COVID background studies that were previously in place as of 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. The return to emergency studies will assist providers to rapidly respond to changing workforce needs. With this change, enhanced background studies for child care providers will be suspended. DHS will be providing more information to providers about this change. Additional information and frequently asked questions about emergency background studies are also on the background studies COVID-19 webpage.

  • Licensing flexibilities: To provide flexibility, mitigate the spread of the virus, and protect everyone’s health and safety, the Minnesota Department of Humans Services has waived certain licensing regulatory actions and extended licenses that would otherwise expire. Information about all of the waivers and new modifications can be found on DHS Licensing Division's COVID-19 webpage. Information about waivers and modifications may be specific to provider type and can be found in the child care section of the webpage.

  • COVID-19 Testing: As COVID-19 continues to spread, Minnesota is continually expanding testing options and working to remove barriers so each and every Minnesotan can access testing and the Administration is working to prioritize child care providers. COVID-19 testing information and locations can be found on

Additional Resources to help support and inform you during Covid-19:

Grab and Go Meals:

Under nationwide non-congregate feeding and meal time waivers, state agencies allow Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sites to provide more than one day’s worth of meals to eligible children via a single meal pick-up or delivery. This resource provides considerations, tips, best practices, and sample menus for CACFP operators who wish to distribute multiple meals at one time.

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