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Child Care Resources

Students who are pregnant, parenting, or caring for children are often looking for resources to help them and their young people be successful while they are enrolled at Saint Paul College. Below, you will find a variety of information about child care, supportive services at the college, and resources in the community. 

Child Care and Early Learning Resources

Planning for Child Care
Parent Aware is the State of Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for childcare providers. Providers can be trained and evaluated through the system and given a star rating, which helps people looking for childcare identify programs that use research-based practices to prepare children for school and life. It’s a great online resource to find quality early education programs and childcare for college students in St. Paul. 

Helpful Guides from Parent Aware (available in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong): 

Types of Certifications and Accreditations for Providers 

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing: Ensures that centers and in-home childcare providers meet basic health and safety regulations. Learn more
  • Parent Aware Star Ratings: Parent Aware rates providers out of four stars based on the programming quality, staff training, and how well children are prepared for kindergarten. Learn more
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation: Similar to Parent Aware, NAEYC ensures that providers use high-quality, research-based education and supports continuous quality-improvement. Learn more

Local Early Childhood Education Providers 

  • YWCA Children’s Center at the Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning: located near the corner of University Avenue and Lexington Parkway in Saint Paul. The Children’s Center is NAEYC accredited with a 4-Star Parent Aware rating and offers full-time, part-time, and half-day care. There are also YWCA Centers in Minneapolis in Downtown, Midtown, and Phillips.  
  • Hallie Q. Brown Early Learning Center: located in the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, near Marshall Avenue and Dale Street in Saint Paul. The Hallie Q. Brown Child Early Learning Center (ELC) is NAEYC accredited and 4-Star Parent Aware Rated. The program provides preschool education and childcare for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. For working parents and community residents, safe, affordable childcare is provided on a sliding fee scale. 
  • Head Start & Early Head Start: located near the corner of University Avenue and Dale Street in Saint Paul. Early Head Start provides in-home support services for pregnant individuals, infants, and toddlers up to age three. At 16 months, children can begin a center-based program. Children from ages 3 to 5 years old can join the preschool program called Head Start. The center-based programs are 4-Star Parent Aware Rated. These programs are available at no cost to families in Ramsey County who are income-eligible, providing foster care, or experiencing homelessness. Many families are eligible for bus transportation. 
  • Cathedral Hill Montessori School: located at the corner of Dayton Avenue and N Farrington Street in Saint Paul, just blocks from campus. Cathedral Hill Montessori School is 4-Star rated by Parent Aware, accepts CCAP from Ramsey County, and offers financial aid to qualifying families. 

Paying for Child Care

Childcare can be expensive, and preparing to pay for it can be overwhelming. There are resources available to help pay for childcare. 

County and State Resources 

  • Think Small provides resources and referrals for families looking for childcare, early learning programs and/or schools. Resources include how to find the right program, ways to help pay for it, and how to know if it’s a high-quality program. They provide extra support to families with children with special needs and military families and have multi-lingual services. 
  • Bridge to Benefits is a Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota project that helps families become economically stable and improve child outcomes. They help families find out if they are eligible for various public programs such as Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Advanced Premium Tax Credits, Child Care Assistance, Early Learning Scholarships, Energy Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, School Meal Program, Women, Infants and Children Program, Earned Income Tax Credit and Working Family Credit.

    More information about Child Care Assistance 

Saint Paul College Resources 

  • Minnesota Child Care Grant is for students who are Minnesota residents, have children 12 and under (14 and under, if disabled), have financial needs, and have child care expenses. Recipients must not be receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) assistance. Students who have received an Award Letter can download the Minnesota Child Care Grant or pick up an application at the One Stop, Room 1300. 
  • Saint Paul College Emergency Fund allows students to apply for up to $500 each semester. The money cannot be used for tuition but can be used for child care, transportation, housing, medical bills, etc. You can complete the application online. You should connect with the Title IX Coordinator before completing the application to assist you and provide a reference. 

The Rights of Students who are Pregnant, Parenting, or Caregivers

How to Get Support for Pregnancy and Postpartum 

Step 1: Obtain appropriate documentation of your pregnancy from your doctor/medical care professional (see below for details) 

Step 2: Schedule an appointment with the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator by calling 651.846.1357 or emailing michael.gerold@saintpaul.edu. Bring your documentation to the meeting and discuss what support you may need to be implemented during/after your pregnancy. Having course syllabi available can be helpful for planning, as well. 

Step 3: After your meeting, communicate with your faculty about what you will miss in class and what support you need. You are encouraged to keep your faculty in the loop – and to copy the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator in those communications. 

Step 4: Contact your faculty if you need any help with the support. If you need further assistance beyond that, contact the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities/Title IX Coordinator. 

Caring for Your Developing Child

Most parents and caregivers pay close attention to the development of the children in their lives. Watching them grow can be joyful, but sometimes, knowing what to expect and what resources to trust isn’t easy. Families come in all shapes and sizes with caregivers of all types. Regardless of what your family looks like, the resources below will help you understand your young person’s development, offer resources, and connect you with support. 

  • Help Me Grow is Minnesota’s Early Intervention Program. This program provides resources for families to understand developmental milestones and learn if there are concerns. This helps families take the lead in seeking additional support or referring their child for a comprehensive, confidential screening or evaluation at no cost. 
  • Zero to Three – Early Connections Last a Lifetime offers resources for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers to strengthen their caregiving skills, especially around complex topics like discipline and setting limits, and reinforce their child’s learning. 
  • Head Start and Early Head Start provides child and family development programs for eligible families living in Ramsey County. This can include home visiting, caregiver support, and opportunities to meet other families caring for young children. These services are free to eligible families. 
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a Saint Paul Public Schools program that offers parents and caregivers hands-on learning experiences. When children are young, kids and adults learn together, and as children grow, some activities will be separate. All ECFE classes are taught by licensed early childhood teachers and parent educators. Classes are for families with children from newborn to kindergarten age and can be an opportunity to meet other families with young children. This program is available on a sliding fee scale. Fees may be waived for families unable to pay. 
  • Healthy Children is a resource site from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is a great place to learn about developmental milestones and medical issues affecting children of all ages and search for medically accurate, up-to-date information 
  • Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) of Ramsey County are routine health checkups for youth (age 0-21) on Medical Assistance at their regular medical and dental clinic. This program can help families find a medical and dental clinic, schedule appointments, arrange transportation or an interpreter, navigate health insurance, access benefits like gift cards and car seats, and understand what happens at a checkup and how to prepare children. 

Learning and Playing at Home

Playing and learning together can help keep your little one occupied and prepare them for school. 

St. Paul Public Library 

St. Paul Parks & Recreation 

  • Tot Time indoor gym time for children 5 and younger, must be accompanied by an adult and reservations made in advance. Ten sites available throughout St. Paul.  
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory: Offers virtual zookeeper and gardener talks, and Lil’ Explorers events. 
  • Regional Park Adventure Guide: A guide to 64 regional parks with trails and other special features in the Twin Cities. 
  • Explore Outdoors St. Paul: Check out great places to enjoy nature and outdoor recreation in St. Paul. 

Dodge Nature Center 

Preparing for Your Child’s Future

As a college student, you might be thinking about how you can prepare your young person for their college career, even if it’s a long way off! 

  • College Bound: Saint Paul College Savings Account provides all children living in Saint Paul born on or after January 1, 2020 with a $50 college savings account. Parents and caregivers can add more money to their child’s account by participating in activities and staying engaged. 
  • Minnesota College Savings Plan is a state-sponsored, tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan that helps families and individuals plan for the cost of education. It’s available to any citizen or taxpayer. And just about anyone can help contribute, including Grandparents, other family members, and friends. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal law that ensures schools do not discriminate based on gender. It provides support for students who have experienced gender-based violence and/or who are pregnant. 
  • If I’m pregnant or recently gave birth, what kind of support is available? Support can include excused absences, flexible due dates or additional time on assignments, providing larger desks, allowance to sit or stand, etc. In some cases, courses can be switched to online versions of the same course if available. 
  • Are there limits to Title IX support? Yes. We cannot change core concepts or requirements of the class nor the fundamental learning outcomes and assessments. You will still need to complete all of the work. We also cannot give you back lost instruction time. 
  • Do I need documentation to get support from the Title IX Office for pregnancy or recovery? Yes – a letter from your doctor is required for support through the Title IX Office. 
  • How long do supports last after I’ve given birth? Supports last until the end of your documentation from your doctor. However, the school recognizes that recovery and adjustment go beyond physical recovery. Some supports can continue beyond the documented period, but only in agreement with the faculty, and they may be limited. 
  • When it comes to pregnancy or parenting, what situations qualify for Title IX support besides childbirth? If the support is related to your child or pregnancy, and a doctor’s note is provided, that would qualify. Some examples may include complications that require hospitalization or doctor visits, order of bedrest, serious baby illness, or injury. 
  • Are there changing tables on campus? Changing tables are available in several first-floor bathrooms. They are in the men’s and women’s bathrooms across from Room 1512 near the West Entrance and in the all-gender restrooms near the City View Café (cafeteria). 

Lactation Room

The lactation room is designed for infant feeding, nursing, breastfeeding, chestfeeding, or pumping. It is a comfortable, private space with a sink, microwave, cozy chair, refrigerator, and electrical source. Participants will have badge access to the lactation room throughout the semester. A new agreement must be completed each semester to maintain access. Contact the Office of Student Life and Diversity with questions. 

If you need to access the lactation room, please complete the appropriate form below or contact the Student Life and Diversity office for more information. 

Scheduling

You must complete a new agreement each semester to avoid scheduling conflicts. If you are having trouble finding time to use the lactation room due to scheduling or course conflicts, reach out to the Title IX Office at titleix@saintpaul.edu to discuss accommodations. Employees should reach out to the Human Resources Department at HumanResources@saintpaul.edu

Participant Responsibilities

Saint Paul College is committed to ensuring the lactation room remains clean and secure. We ask that you help us achieve this by respecting the space and the other participants who use it. 

Responsibilities 

  • Use the room for infant feeding or lactation purposes only. 
  • Respect the privacy of other lactation room participants. 
  • Do not allow other individuals access to the lactation room at any time. 
  • Secure the room during and after each use. 
  • Do not leave all personal items or equipment in the lactation room. 
  • Clean up any spills or other messes created during use of the room. 
  • Do not leave any stored milk in the refrigerator overnight. Any milk left overnight may be discarded. 
  • Provide all necessary supplies, such as a pump, accessories, storage containers, ice packs, cooler, etc. 
  • Complete a new agreement each semester. Failure to do so may result in revoking your badge access to the lactation room. 
  • Notify the Office of Student Life and Diversity if you no longer need to use the room, if your schedule changes, or if you have questions 651.846.1659 or student.life@saintpaul.edu
  • Contact Public Safety for maintenance or security concerns at 651.846.1322 or psafety@saintpaul.edu

College Responsibilities

Saint Paul College is committed to ensuring the lactation room remains clean and secure. We will take the actions below to ensure equitable access to the space. The College will: 

  • Ensure that the lactation room is clean, tidy, and secure. 
  • Provide a sink, a microwave, a cozy chair, a refrigerator, and an electrical source. 
  • Provide dish soap, antibacterial wipes, and paper towels. 
  • Provide each participant with a clear storage bin and lock to secure expressed milk until the end of the day. 
  • Not be responsible for securing personal items left in the room against theft or use by others. 
  • Remove and dispose of any items left in the refrigerator overnight. 
  • Respond to any safety and maintenance concerns promptly. 
  • Connect participants with the Title IX office to discuss accommodations for lactating students having trouble finding time to use the lactation room due to course scheduling constraints.