Child Care Grants
The Legislature approved $30 million in grants for child care centers and in-home providers as part of a
larger spending package
aimed at mitigating the economic and public health damage of coronavirus.
Under the bill, child care providers that are currently operating can apply for a $4,500 monthly grant.
Providers are also eligible for an extra $1,000 if the program serves children who have special needs, don’t speak English or if the service is open during nonstandard hours like nights and weekends. Larger child care centers that care for 15 or more children can get an additional monthly grant up to $15,500, based on capacity.
The Northland Foundation will award $1,000 to licensed family child care and $3,000 to licensed child care centers on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as funds are available. Northland has committed $50,000 for grants to child care providers in the region, and the other five foundations have contributed the same amount to grant within their respective rural regions.
More details and the short online application are available
Northland Foundation staff will provide a response and funding to qualified child care businesses within two weeks of receiving their application.
Shared Work Program to Avoid Layoffs
Shared Work is offered by the MN Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program to help employers avoid a layoff. The program allows employers to divide available hours of work among a group of employees instead of implementing a full layoff. These employees may then receive partial unemployment insurance benefits while working reduced hours.
The purpose of Shared Work is to avoid a layoff, not to subsidize wages. Shared Work can help employers avoid the difficulties that can go along with a layoff. If employees keep working during a temporary slowdown, employers can more quickly gear up when business conditions improve.
Free Webinar for Manufacturers
The COVID-19 situation is fluid and manufacturers need solutions to a variety of problems. CMMA, MPMA, and TSMA are presenting a series of FREE webinars tailored to the needs of manufacturers. No pre-registration is required to attend.
The March 31 webinar, “Supply Chain Solutions – How to Remain Operational & Stay Essential” will be presented by Tom Sellin of King Solutions Global and will cover:
- Essential business status
- Connection to industry to partner resources
- Communicate with your supply chain regularly and understand their status as well as cleanliness protocols
- Look outside the box when it comes to supply chain partnerships
Chamber Advocates for Child Care
COVID-19 has impacted child care plans for many families and providers. Prior to the pandemic the child care shortage in Duluth was daunting and compromised our ability to attract and retain our workforce needs threatening the future economic stability of our business community. Child care providers are faced with enormous amounts of regulations and run razor thin margins forcing many to close their doors. Now, child care providers are considered essential workforce that are asked to keep their doors open while the rest of the community shelter in place. Their role is critical for providing medical workers children care while they combat the current coronavirus outbreak. These individuals were potentially exposing themselves and their staff to COVID-19 without additional financial assistance from the state or federal government.