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Child care resources

Childcare grants 

  • Post- Secondary Child Care Grant: The Child Care Grant program provides grant funds to students who need assistance with childcare expenses while attending school. The grant is available to Minnesota resident undergraduate and graduate students who have not completed 10 fulltime semesters (or its equivalent) enrollment in post-secondary education. Applications can be submitted to Gateway Student Services. Students who would like help with completing the application can contact the Student Parent and Resource Center or Gateway for support.  
  • Child Access Means Parents in School Grant: The CAMMPIS Grant is a Federal Grant that subsidizes the cost of childcare for low-income college students. The program can help Metro college students who are parents locate nationally certified childcare centers and subsidize the cost of care while they are in school. The program also offers one-on-one support through monthly check-ins. To learn more and or apply connect with the Student Parent and Resource Center. Participants must meet income eligibility requirements and childcare hours are determined based on the number of credits enrolled.  

Other resources

  • Parent Aware: offers free tools and services to help families find quality childcare and early education programs to help their children succeed in school and life.  
  • Help Me Connect: A navigator connecting pregnant and parenting families with young children (birth – 8 years old) with services in their local communities that empower families to be healthy and safe. 
  • Think Small: offering tools for parents and early childhood educators including finding affordable childcare and grants.  
  • County Child Care Assistance: The Child Care Assistance Program provides financial assistance to help families with low incomes pay for childcare so that parents may pursue employment or education leading to employment, and that children are well cared for and prepared to enter school. 
  • Women, Children, and Infants (WIC) program: Helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. Eligible families will receive support with food, nutrition, and more.