Child Care Financial AidEarly Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
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.
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.
Minnesota Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) NetworkMinnesota Kinship Caregivers Association
1-888-291-9811 or 651-665-0150
network will help you find the child care that best meets your needs.
CCR&R agencies provide individualized referrals to licensed
family child care homes, centers, preschool programs, and school-age
programs. To find the Child Care Resource and Referral
agency that serves your area of the state, 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.