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Child Care

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Finding Child Care

Off-Campus Child Care

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware offers a free, online child care search. You will be asked to set up an account to log in.

Think Small

Think Small offers services, resources, and advocacy for early childhood education in Minnesota.  

On-Campus Child Care

University of Minnesota Child Care Center

Located near the East Bank campus, the University Child Care Center serves children, ages 3 months to pre-kindergarten, of U faculty, staff, and students. As there is a long waiting list, be sure to consider other child care options. Contact the center for an application.

Shirley G. Moore Laboratory Nursery School

The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory Nursery School offers a half-day program for 54 children ages 2 through 5 years old. A limited number of fee subsidies are available for low-income families. Applicants are selected randomly from the waiting list.

Community Child Care - Commonwealth Terrace

The Community Child Care Center in the Commonwealth Terrace Student Family Housing Cooperative near the St. Paul campus, offers flexible scheduling for children ages 16 months to 5 years, from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. Licensed for 35 children, the center offers a sliding fees for students. There is an extensive waiting list.

Como Early Learning Center

Located in the Como Student Community Cooperative, a student family housing complex near the University, the Center offers care for 50 children ages 16 months through 5 years. Applicants are selected from the waiting list.

Conference and Visiting Child Care Services

If you are coming to the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus for an interview, meeting, to look for housing, or to attend a conference and need temporary child care services, temporary child care options are available.

Paying for Child Care

Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account

The University of Minnesota offers a Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account for all University employees who are eligible for benefits. Through this program, faculty and staff can set aside a maximum of $5,000 per family in a pre-tax account to pay eligible out-of-pocket dependent day care expenses.

More about Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account

Additional Resources

County-specific Child Care Licensing Requirements

Flex Time & Time Off

Changing your work schedule, temporarily or permanently, can help balance the needs of your work and home lives.

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Child Care Assistance for Undergraduate Students

The Student Parent HELP Center provides additional child care resources for undergraduate student parents, including financial assistance for qualified students.

Student Parent HELP Center