As Minnesota schools close in response to the spread of COVID-19, Mounds View Public Schools is offering free child care for health care workers, emergency workers, and district employees.

Child care for children in grades K-5 will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m at Sunnyside Elementary School (2070 County Road H, New Brighton) and Island Lake Elementary School (3555 N. Victoria St., Shoreview).

Parents will be asked to provide proof of an employment, such as a letter from their employer or an identification badge.

Additional information, as well as links to register for the child care programming, can be found at

Per the State of Minnesota's guidelines, health care workers include the following:

Health care providers and systems, including hospitals and clinics

Post-acute and long-term care facilities, including nursing and assisted living facilities

Other health systems and organizations, such as:

Home Care workers

Personal Care Assistants


Direct Care and Treatment

Emergency workers include the following:

First responders


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

Regular Mounds View Public Schools child care programs remain closed for the time being. Minnesota schools are closed at least until March 27, per Gov. Tim Walz's executive order.


(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.