Child Care

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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.  

 Average Weekly Cost of Child Care in Minnesota

Create a plan that works for your family’s budget by assessing average costs.


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
1125 County Road B West
Roseville, MN 55113

Children’s Village Montessori Daycare Center
2515 E 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406 

First Step Early Childhood Education Center
3036 SE University Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

KidsPark Hourly Child Care
525 Pelham Blvd
St Paul, MN 55105

Lasting Impression Child Care Learning Center
2515 Wabash Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104

New Horizon Academy
1310 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis MN 55403

New Horizon Academy
111 Marquette Ave. 
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Roseville KinderCare
2186 Fairview Ave. North
Roseville, MN 55113

University KinderCare
525 Huron Blvd. South East 
Minneapolis MN 55414


On-Campus Child Care

YMCA Early Childhood Learning Center 

This new ECLC is conveniently located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus at 326 16th Avenue SE. Get more information and schedule your tour online.

Located in the Como neighborhood close to the Twin Cities campus, the Child Development Laboratory School (CDLS) is home to two long-standing, high-quality early care and education programs: a full-day program option and a part-day program option. The full-day program option is available to University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty. This option offers a full-day, year-round early childhood education program for children aged 3 months to 5 ½ years old. The part-day program option is available to all families throughout the Twin Cities. The part-day program enrolls children aged 2 to 5 years old who meet for three hours, two to five days per week during the school year.

Community Child Care Center

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.

Temporary 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.

Youth Activities and Enrichment

Youth Programs and Camps

Youth Central offers a statewide directory of hundreds of K-12 youth programs and camps, ranging from nature and animals to sports, technology, writing, and more. Check back at program offerings throughout the year for updated availability.

In-Home Care and Tutoring with GoldPASS

University faculty and staff can advertise open position(s) for home care using GoldPASS powered by Handshake, which allows users to create a listing at no cost which will advertise directly to U of M students and alumni. When creating a listing, be sure to include qualifications, responsibilities (including driving, if applicable), hours, and pay. 

Handshake is the vendor the U of M uses to provide students and employers with GoldPASS.  The university allows private households to post opportunities such as Nanny, PCA, NA, and other medical care positions.  To post on Handshake with the U of M as a Private Household, follow the steps in this ‘How to Post Personal Babysitter Household or Caretaker Jobs’ Handshake article.

To ensure you attract candidates, include as much information as possible in your postings.  Here are some recommendations:

  • At least 3 Qualifications

  • 3 - 5 Responsibilities, be as detailed as possible

  • Hours to be worked 

    • (i.e 4hr, 10am -2pm or if schedule is flexible in a certain time frame like 4hrs between 8am and 4pm)

  • Whether or not they will need a drivers license or vehicle

    • If not, provide bus lines that are near your home

  • Steps you commit to take to provide the safest work environment possible for the selected candidate. This can be a big area of concern for job seekers. Steps can include

    • disinfecting surfaces prior to each shift

    • opening windows before and during shift, or as requested by the candidate

    • wearing/providing PPE in your home. 

  • Pay

Learn more about creating a GoldPASS listing.

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 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