This program, through the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. For more information, click here.
Child Care Financial Aid
This website can help parents, providers and employers plan how to pay for child care, get information about child care quality, find employer information about child care benefits, and learn about grants, scholarships and more.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
ECFE is a public school program that helps to set the stage for parent involvement and children’s success in K-12 education. ECFE works to strengthen families and engage the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy development of their children. ECFE is open to all families with pre-kindergarten children, regardless of income. It is available through almost every school district in Minnesota.
The goal of Minnesota Head Start is to provide comprehensive services to help families living in poverty enhance the school readiness of their young children (birth through 5). Children participate in a variety of educational activities in a safe environment, have healthy meals and snacks, and get connected to medical and dental services in their community. Parents are actively involved in their children’s health and education, receive support to enrich parenting skills, and access needed family services toward greater self-sufficiency. Generally, to meet income guidelines a family has to have an annual gross income under 100% of the federal poverty level. However, there are exceptions and you should contact the nearest Head Start program to find out if your family is eligible. To find out more about the Head Start programs in Minnesota, or find the nearest agency to you, click here.
1-888-291-9811 or 651-665-0150
The network will help you find the child care that best meets your needs. Child Care Aware agencies provide individualized referrals to licensed family child care homes, centers, preschool programs, and school-age programs. For more information about how Child Care Aware can help you find child care that fits your child's and your family's needs, click here. Parents and Child Care Providers are encouraged to call to access services in Hmong, Spanish and Somali.
MKCA, a not-for-profit organization, that advocates for, supports, and provides information and resources to people raising their grandchildren or children of other kin and friends. They also provide support groups, links to other resources and legal help.
Note: MKCA recently dissolved and is now part of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota's Raising Relative's Children Program.