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One More Push for Child Care in Special Session

Tuesday, June 16, 2020  
Posted by: Lara Richardson
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Thank you so much for reaching out to your state legislators about using unspent federal child care dollars. Unfortunately, they did not take action during the regular legislative session. With Special Session ongoing this week, we have another opportunity to do the right thing for children, families and early childhood and afterschool programs.

A bill to raise the child care assistance program reimbursement rates is moving through the Minnesota House, and final deals between the House, Senate and Governor will be negotiated by this Friday.

Help make sure child care assistance is included.

Child care assistance is a key part of addressing racial and geographic disparities in our state. The longer these funds remain untouched, the longer young children fall into opportunity gaps, parents struggle to access child care necessary to work, and early childhood and afterschool programs struggle to stay open or close.

At least $65 million in help is there, not being used. Tell legislators to take action now on Child Care Assistance before they adjourn Special Session!

Thanks again for all you do for Minnesota children, families and the early childhood and afterschool fields.

Financial Supports Webinar

The Children’s Cabinet is collaborating with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Minnesota District Office to host a COVID-19 Relief Options outreach event for child care providers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. 

This event is for child care providers to learn more about SBA resources and financial supports, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and  Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). 

The webinar will include an overview of financial and other business supports available through the SBA including information on how to apply for the PPP, the changes to the program, and information for those who access PPP on meeting the forgiveness criteria. The deadline to apply for the PPP is June 30.

Join this webinar  (Dial in at 415-655-0003; access code 146 582 0509). The webinar will be recorded and shared for those unable to participate. Check out their Child Care Financial Supports Matrix  for more information on supports available to providers.

Public Health Guidance for Parents, Guardians, and Families

This guidance document outlines public health tips and prevention strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and answer questions about how to keep your children safe.

Get Updates from the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet

To ensure you get the most up-t0-date information about the ever-changing COVID-19 protocols and guidance, be sure you’re signed up to receive communications from the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet.

Sign up at links below:

Licensed Child Care Centers – Under Contact us > Sign up to receive child care centers licensing information by email

Family Child Care Providers – Under News and updates > Sign up to receive family child care licensing information by email

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