Governor Walz proposes $56.6 million for child care

Updated: July 07, 2020 06:35 PM
Created: July 07, 2020 04:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Tuesday, Governor Walz announced a proposal to help child care providers by distributing roughly $56.6 million to 6,000 providers and a little over a 1,000 care centers across the state of Minnesota.

During the same announcement, Walz said that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, child care providers across the state were already hurting. The proposal was sent to the Legislative Advisory Commission for approval on July 1st.

Eligible providers must have been open and caring for children since June 15th. In addition, providers must show that revenue was lost or costs were increased due to COVID-19, providing financial incentives for working staff, and they must have a valid license.

Family providers will receive up to $1,200 per month and licensed centers will receive around $8,500 per month over the course of three months.
 The proposal follows $40 million, with $30 million coming from the legislature Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grant program that helped ensure emergency workers got access to child care when non-essential businesses were closed, and essential businesses stayed open. 

Lt. Governor Flanagan tells ABC 6 News she hopes the proposal will pass, saying the Legislative Advisory Commission has 10 days, from when the proposal was submitted, to either approve it or not. Once approved, the DHS and the Children's Cabinet will provide the necessary information on how child care providers can apply for relief. 

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