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Essential Care

Essential Care is offered to MPS enrolled students in grades High Five through 6th

Due to high demand, we have reached capacity at all Essential Care locations at this time.  You are welcome to register and your contract will be added to our waitlist. Register Here.

As we work to create additional capacity, we will screen registrations and will prioritize contracts per the Governor's mandate as listed below. 

Essential Care through Minneapolis Kids

During the time that MPS is in distance learning, Minneapolis Kids will continue to prioritize child care for Tier I Essential Workers as outlined in the Governor's Executive Order 20-82

Priority Enrollment

School-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker. Priority for this service will be given in the following order:

  • Single parent families who meet Tier I Essential Worker. 
  • Dual parent families who both meet Tier I Essential Worker.
  • Any other families whom a parent meets Tier I Essential Worker and as site capacity through space and staffing allows. 

Work verification, from a current employer correspondence, is needed to complete the application.
Please be sure to submit required work verifications to our main office

Care Offered:

School Day Care forTier 1 Essential Workers: work verification required.

Offered during school hours on days when students are scheduled for distance learning.

  • Anthony, Anwatin, Field, Justice Page, Lake Harriet Upper, Northeast, Sanford 
  • For MPS enrolled students in grades High Five through 6th

Provided at no cost per Executive Order 20-82.

Not available on days when there is no school (professional development, breaks, etc.).

Space will be available for children to attend distance learning.  They will need to bring their own device.

Breakfast and lunch provided by Nutrition Services.

Upon request, limited transportation may be available from 8:30am-3:00pm in your school zone.

If care is needed outside of school hours, fee based before and after school is offered by Minneapolis Kids.

Registration required.

  • Consistent schedule of at least 2 days per week, per component required.

Minneapolis Kids Extended Day care forTier 1 Essential Workers who are attending School Day Care.

Fee based for MPS enrolled students in grades High Five through 6th.

Extended Day AM | (6:30am-8:30am) | $11.30/day
Extended Day PM | (3:00pm - 6:00pm) | $17.20/day

Afternoon snack provided.For families who need assistance with fees, resources may be available through the Child Care Assistance Program and/or Scholarships. Inquire by contacting the main office at or by phone at 612.668.3890.

No transportation available, family drop off and/or pick up for wrap around care.

Registration required.

  • Consistent schedule of at least 2 days per week, per component required.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures

Minneapolis Kids and School Day Care follows the guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health. Students will be placed in ‘pods’ to limited exposure. Staff and students will wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and sanitize surfaces and materials regularly.

1250 W. Broadway Ave.
MN 55411
Main Office
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