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Emergency Child Care Information

Emergency Child Care Information
Posted on 03/24/2020
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Following the closure of all schools in the state of Minnesota, South Washington County Schools has opened Emergency Child Care at no cost to families who qualify. Emergency Child Care is open to currently enrolled students in kindergarten-grade 5 for parents or guardians who are defined as one of the workers listed below. 

Parents or guardians who qualify should provide proof of their employment through (1) a letter from their employer or (2) an employment badge.

  • Home care workers
  • Personal care assistants
  • Ambulance/emergency
  • Direct care and treatment
  • Other emergency staff, including:
    • First responders
    • Firefighters
    • Personnel providing correctional services
    • Essential court personnel
    • Minnesota State Veterans Homes staff
    • State and local public health agency employees
    • MNsure Navigators
    • County financial/eligibility workers
    • County case managers
    • Or any county staff in emergency management or health and human services
    • and more

Tier 2 Employees

  • Educators
  • Child care workers
  • MNDoT employees
  • State and local essential IT personnel
  • Substance disorder treatment workers
  • Medical examiners
  • National Guard (if activated)
  • Water treatment/wastewater operators
  • Day-to-day operations for gas and electric utilities
  • Emergency response for gas and electric utilities
  • Food distribution workers (including in-store personnel)
  • Public works workers
  • and more

If you are interested in Emergency Child Care and are employed in one of the fields listed above, you may register here. Students cannot be dropped off without registration.

Once registration is complete, you will be assigned to a child care site. Child care is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost. Please be prepared to provide a letter from your employer or an employee identification card or badge to verify your employment as an emergency responder.

Thank you for all you do for our community. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. For the latest information, please review sowashco.org/covid19.