School Information

  • The Minnesota Department of Education, Office of Higher Education and Minnesota and the Department of Health released guidance for schools regarding graduation ceremonies. This guidance was developed jointly between the three departments and outlines some specific activities that schools should or should not do.
  • Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker have announced that Minnesota public school districts and charter schools may choose to use a hybrid in-person and distance learning model, or a distance learning model for summer learning. This also applies to extended school year services.

    Public health guidance has been issued to help schools keep students, families and staff safe and healthy while offering meaningful learning opportunities. This model will give schools an opportunity to better support students who have been struggling with distance learning, especially traditionally underserved students. These public health guidelines will also apply to summer programming outside of a school setting.

    The health and safety of children, students, teachers, staff and families is the top priority. If a program cannot adhere to the public health guidance and operate safely, the program cannot operate at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More resources are available on the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.
  • Minnesota Department of Education COVID-19 Updates – click here
  • MDE’s Family Activity Guide is now available in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. The document is designed for families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers. It is filled with ideas on activities families can do with children that help them develop social skills, learn to become independent and get moving.
  • Playground Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs – click here
  • Guidance for Social Distancing in Youth and Student Programs – click here

Childcare Information for Families

  • Overnight/Emergency Childcare options for children whose parents need to be hospitalized due to COVID-19
    • Safe Families for Children-MN: They have created a shelter for kids who might have COVID-19 based on their parents’ diagnosis and staffed by volunteers.
      525 Main Street #120673
      St. Paul, MN 55112-3388
      Intake/Referrals: 888.290.7590
      Website: https://minneapolis-stpaul.safe-families.org/
    • Pillsbury United Communities: Short-term daycare placements, information, resources, and referrals for parents with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years, in times of crisis or stress. Call 612-302-3500 for services.
  • For questions regarding school and childcare, call state hotline 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. For additional information, click here
  • First Children’s Finance provides financing, training and business-development assistance to childcare businesses in the Midwest.
  • Think Small provides resources and information to childcare providers and parents.
  • State of Minnesota has provided information for childcare providers.
  • Parent Aware provides information about financial aid and tax relief plans that help families pay for childcare and preschool. Call Parent Aware at (888)-291-9811 for help finding the right resources or use Bridge to Benefit’s free financial aid screening tool to see if you might be eligible for help.

Childcare Providers

  • Information for childcare providers – click here or call the Department of Human Services childcare provider hotline at 1-888-234-1268
  • Early Childcare and Education (ECE) programs have many questions about how to keep children and staff healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance for open programs is now available from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the AAP. This webinar highlights the guidance and best practices in preventing the spread of disease from Caring for Our Children. The webinar recording can be accessed here.