Child Care

Whether you’re an employee looking for on-campus or off-campus child care or you are a University visitor or conference attendee looking for temporary child care, we’ve got you covered. Check out the links below to find the resources you need.

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Finding Child Care

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

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

On-Campus Child Care

The University of Minnesota Child Care Center, located near the East Bank of the Twin Cities campus, 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.

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.

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.

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

Off-Campus Child Care

The child care centers listed below are located within two miles of the Twin Cities campus.

Bilingual Child Care and Education Center
1514 Englewood Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104
651-644-2405

Children’s Village Montessori Daycare Center
2929 University Ave SE Suite 195
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-378-7730

Como Early Learning Center
1024 27th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-331-8340

Deqo Family Center
2828 University Avenue Southeast Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-331-6000

First Step Early Childhood Education Center
3036 SE Orlin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612-877-7821

KidsPark Hourly Child Care
525 Pelham Blvd
St Paul, MN 55105
651-603-0144

Lasting Impression Child Care Learning Center
2515 Wabash Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104
651-227-9409

New Horizon Academy
1310 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis MN 55403
612-455-0294

New Horizon Academy
111 Marquette Ave. 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
612-332-7866

Roseville KinderCare
2186 Fairview Ave. North
Roseville, MN 55113
651-631-0735

University KinderCare
525 Huron Blvd. South East 
Minneapolis MN 55414
612-623-4642

Child Care Services for Visitors

If you are visiting the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for an interview, a meeting, to look for housing, or to attend a conference and need child care services, temporary child care options for visitors 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 household, per year 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