Essential Kids Care Program

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    **All details subject to change as SPPS moves into hybrid and/or full in-person learning**

  • Starting Tuesday, September 8, Saint Paul Public Schools will offer free childcare for all enrolled school-age students ages 12 and younger whose parents/guardians are Tier 1 Essential Workers (as determined by the state, download the full list here). Tier 1 Essential Workers include:

    • Healthcare and public health
    • Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders
    • Food and agriculture
    • Judicial branch (essential services)
    • National Guard (activated under a Governor Executive Order)
    • Educators and school staff providing in-person instruction or caring for children of critical workers
    • Childcare and school-age care providers

    This should be a last resort for your childcare needs. This care is solely to be used while preforming essential work.

    Please Note: Effective September 8, care between the hours of either 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. will remain free. Before care will be fee based (see fee info below) for late start schools only. Fees will be charged for days a child is registered to attend before care. 

    Care Session/Rate Information beginning September 8:

    Before Care 6-9:30 a.m. - $18/day/child

    Essential Care* 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. - Free


    Essential Kids Care will be held on regular school distance learning days at the following school sites:

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    Childcare will be staffed by non-licensed district employees. A portion of the day will be scheduled for students to work on their managed independent distance learning and the remainder of the time will include enrichment and physical activities.

    Breakfast and lunch will be offered each day by SPPS Nutrition Services.

    Transportation to and from Essential Kids Care will be provided if needed.

    Full-day fee-based care options available to families that do not qualify as Tier 1 essential workers. More information is available on the Discovery Club website


    Please register by Monday, August 24.

    With further questions, email or call Community Education at (651) 632-3793

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