Free Childcare Information

  • FREE Childcare for Children of Healthcare & Emergency Workers

    At the direction of Governor Tim Walz, Minnesota public schools will be utilizing distance learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

    If you are a St. Louis Park resident and are a healthcare or emergency worker in need of childcare for your children during this time, you can register for emergency childcare here: As of Monday, March 30, the District has also made the decision to open up its free childcare program to "Eseential Tier 2 Workers". This includes educators, gas and electric utility workers, food distribution personnel, water treatment staff, and others. Click here for a complete list of Tier 1 Emergency Workers and Essential Tier 2 Workers. 

    As of Tuesday, May 5, we are now regularly checking the temperature of staff and students as a precautionary measure to make sure they are symptom-free. 

    Click here for a one-page flyer regarding free childcare for healthcare and emergency workers. 


    Emergency Childcare Hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Extended day, before school care hours are 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Cost $12/day
    Extended day, after school care hours are 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost $12/day

    Care is available for children aged 33 months to 12 Years at the following locations:

    • Preschoolers Age 33 months to 4 years at Central Community Center (see important information below about preschool)
    • Ages 5-12 at Aquila Elementary School

    Parents/Guardians must show an employment badge or supply a letter from their employer, before services can begin.

    Questions can be directed to:

    The following is an important message for St. Louis Park Public Schools Emergency Childcare families with children at Central Community Center Preschool

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Beginning Monday, May 4, your account for preschool childcare will be billed $45.00 per day for each day your preschooler attends. The Governor’s Executive Order for school district’s to provide emergency childcare services did not originally provide for FREE preschool. Because school district’s will be ending the academic year in a distance learning environment, we find ourselves in the position of needing to charge for preschool.

    School age children of emergency and essential workers in Grades K-5 will continue to receive care at no cost between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM Mon-Friday at this time.  Fees for an extended day schedule will continue to apply.

    Please go online and add the dates of care you would like to schedule for May to your child’s registration.  Or, if you prefer, you can email: to have dates added. Attendance will be reviewed after the last day of the month and your account will be invoiced for dates attended with payment due by the 15th of the next month.

    We appreciate your continued support of the St. Louis Park Public Schools Emergency Childcare Services.


    Lisa Proulx
    Childcare Program Manager