Provider Grants

American Indian child care providers residing in the state of Minnesota are eligible to apply for child care grants through their local Child Care Aware MN Agency and are dually eligible to apply for child care grants through Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC). All grant awards are linked to training requirements.

Tribal (Statewide)

Eligibility Criteria

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), working in cooperation with Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC), provides grant funds to increase the quality in American Indian early childhood and school-age care programs in Minnesota. Listed beloware the grant categories available.

Physical Health and Wellbeing (formerly Health and Safety): This grant is available for the purchase of items that increase the safety of a home child care setting or classroom. Grant can be used to purchase alarms and detectors, indoor and outdoor safety items, disaster kits, and consultation with a child care health consultant. This grant type also includes items used for start-up support.

Teaching and Relationships (formerly Learning Environments): This refers to the arrangement of the classroom or home setting that sets the stage for teaching and learning. Under this grant, child care providers/programs can apply for such things as purchase of curricula, child-focused materials, toys, equipment, activity centers, multicultural or multilingual resources, and consultation services regarding culturally responsive caregiving practices.

Assessment of Child Progress: Purchase of an assessment tool for use in your program Teacher Training and Education (formerly Professional Development): Grant consists of training and education combined with quality professional experiences that lead to increased knowledge and high-quality child care practice. A grant can be used to pay for training, online learning, professional conferences, textbooks, and curricula.

Emergency: This grant is available to assist existing licensed family child care providers, child care centers and school-age care programs in the event of an emergency that disrupts the immediate ability to provide care for the children enrolled in their program, or occurrences that jeopardize the health and safety of the children in the program.

Below are guidelines used to determine eligibility for services through MNTRECC as an American Indian child care provider.

Family Child Care – Must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe or a first/second generation descendent of an enrolled member or be licensed by a Tribal Government.

Center-Based, School-Age and other Organizations – Must be licensed by a Tribal Government or be funded by a Tribal Government or provide services that are specifically focused to benefit American Indian children.

Awarded grantees are required to complete 12 to 16 hours of training before receiving their grant award. The amount of training is based on the amount of the grant award.


Michele Fredrickson,
Outreach/Grants Coordinator
190 Sailstar Drive
Cass Lake, MN 56633

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Child Care Aware MN

Child Care Aware MN - Northwest

Serves counties of: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau, Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Ottertail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin.

Vanessa Strobel, Grants Coordinator
Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership
715 11th Street N. – Suite 402
Moorhead, MN 56560

Child Care Aware MN - Northeast

Serves counties of: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis, Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, Wadena, Leech Lake Reservation, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine.

Sam Sterling, Grants Administrator
Pine Tech CCR&R
900 4th Street SE
Pine City, MN 55063
1-800-890-5399 or (320) 629-5142

Child Care Aware MN - Midwest

Serves counties of: Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville, McLeod, Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock.

Tina Saue, Grants Administrator
Midwest Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc.
P.O. Box 159
Montevideo, MN 56265

Child Care Aware MN - Metro

East Metro serves the counties of: Anoka, Ramsey and Washington. West Metro serves the counties of: Scott, Carver, Dakota and Hennepin.

Helen Swanson, Grants Coordinator
Resources for Child Caring
10 Yorkton Court
St. Paul, MN 55117

Child Care Aware MN - South

Serves counties of: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Watonwan, Sibley, Waseca, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona.

Dawn Eckhoff, Grants Coordinator
CCR&R Inc.
126 Woodlake Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904
1-800-462-1660 x 1525