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Caring for Kids

Together, we can create an ecosystem of support in which

Every child in our community:

  • is nurtured at home, in school and in the community.
  • is prepared for kindergarten.

Caring for Kids (CfK) is the foundational program of Great Expectations that helps ensure our youngest kids get a strong start on the path to success and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. CfK provides access to quality early child care and education programs, parenting resources, and broad wrap-around support services for kids and their families facing barriers to access. Resources and support include scholarships to 14 top-quality early child care and education centers, home visiting programs, mental health supports and advocacy for increased funding of early childhood education.


Want to play a role in this important work? Contact Debi Fink, Caring for Kids Associate Manager, at or 763-489-7721.

Email Debi Fink

2021 Caring for kids breakfast

Missed the May 19, 2021 virtual event? No problem – click the button below to watch the recording.

Watch program

Take action for early childhood

In September 2020, Interfaith Outreach convened community members to learn and reflect on the importance of high quality early childhood development. Together we committed to individual and collective action to advance this topic. View a list of suggested actions anyone can take to advance this topic and move us closer to a system and practices that work for us all.

I want to take action!

We are here to support you!

Caring for Kids team members partner with families to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to learn, and to support parents and families with young children. Early education scholarships that allow parents to choose high-quality early care and education programs, early childhood development information, and parent support are available to families with children ages 0-5. To learn more or get started, email us at or call 763-489-7500.

Assistance with Hennepin County Child Care Assistance

Hennepin County Child Care Assistance (CCAP) currently has no waitlist. If you are in need of childcare you can call 612-348-5937 to check your eligibility and begin the application process. Please let Caring for Kids staff know if you have any questions regarding this application process or any other childcare related questions at

Caring for Kids staff will be holding “open office” hours via Zoom every Friday from 12pm-1pm if you would like to drop in to ask questions or receive assistance with anything related to childcare. Hope to see you there! Click here to drop-in via Zoom on Fridays from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Caring for Kids Baby Layettes

Expecting a new baby in your family? Baby Layettes are available through Caring for Kids staff. Layettes include baby blankets, clothing, toys, bottles, pacifiers and other new baby essentials. Contact or call 763-489-7500 to request a layette.

Little moments count

Caring for Kids is proud to be a part of Little Moments Count, a statewide community awareness campaign focused on supporting parents and communities to understand the importance of talking, playing, reading and singing early and often with children. Research shows that these types of positive interactions and experiences in early childhood greatly impact health and well-being outcomes later in life.

Click here to learn more!