Resources for Students & Families

Dakota County has many resources to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of which can be found on their website.

Below are resources compiled by Farmington Area Public Schools to assist families and students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Updated September 15, 2020

Childcare and Parenting ResourcesCommunity Partners Employment, Finance & VolunteeringFoodHealthhousing resources
Technology Help

Childcare & Parenting Resources

School Age CareKid Connection

Kid Connection school age care, provided by Farmington Community Education, is available to grades K-5 in each elementary school. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, including most Non-School Days and some Holidays. The program aligns with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC. Staff teach and practice social distancing and health skills.

Registration Deadlines: In order to prepare for staff to student ratios, Kid Connection reserves the right to delay processing any registrations the two weeks before and one week after school begins. Start dates may be delayed according to the approval of pending registrations.  Approval of a new contract will take a minimum of one week (seven days). More detailed information is available on our website and by calling (651) 460-3200.


ECFE-Early Childhood Family Education  (Birth - Pre-Kindergarten)  

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for parents and their children during the years from birth through pre-kindergarten. 

ECFE is a relaxed and fun place to meet other families with young children, and play and learn together. We offer a wide variety of classes, including weekly classes, one time classes, drop-in classes, special events, online classes, and several special opportunities. There are day and evening options offered and many classes have sibling care for preschool siblings. Classes are affordable and your fee payment will be based on your family income.

All of our ECFE classes are led by experienced, licensed teachers who help children discover and learn about the world around them through activities and play using art, science, movement, games, and stories. Our teachers create a safe and secure learning environment where children thrive and parents receive information, friendship, and support. More information here:


ECFE Parenting Coaches

ECFE offers one on one coaching sessions for families at home, on site or over the phone. During your coaching session, an experienced licensed parent educator will provide answers to questions you might have about parenting, bedtime struggles, healthy eating, toilet training, tantrums, and more. 

To schedule your free private session: call 651-460-3200 or email or
Military Family Support (Free)

Farmington ECFE is available for Military families to talk to licensed Parent Educators about questions on parenting. For more information call: 651-460-3205 or 651-460-3235.

Guidance & Resources to Support At Home Learning & Discovery
MDE parent guides with activities that are aligned with the ECIPS. The parent guides are available at:
(scroll to the bottom of the page under “Translated Documents”)

Zero to Three Resources
Activity Guide 
STEM Videos  
Tips for talking to young children about COVID-19
Talking about masks with young children

Scholastic Learn at Home provides 20 days’ worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school. You can access it here:

MN Help Me Grow is an inter-agency initiative of the State of Minnesota partnering with local service agencies to provide resources about the development of young children for parents and professionals. These resources include information on developmental milestones, YouTube videos, caregiver strategies to support development, screening and evaluation, and how to talk about developmental concerns. Visit the Help Me Grow Web site for more information.

Community Partners

360 Communities is a local human service organization that can support Farmington families with food, financial assistance, safety concerns or other community resources. To speak with somebody, please call 952-985-5300.

If you have a child in the following schools, 360 Communities Family Support Workers can assist you with resource navigation and other family needs.

— Farmington High School: Anna Nicolai at 651-4252-2853
— Early Learning: Anna Nicolai at TBD
— North Trail: Char Anderson at 651-400-1882
— Meadowview: Tara Urbia at 651-460-3159
— Akin Road: Morgann McCarthy at 651-460-1771
— Riverview: Morgann McCarthy at 651-460-1629
— Farmington Elementary: Allison Schild at 651-463-9072


Employment, Finance & Volunteering Resources

Financial assistance - The following resources are available if you, your family, or someone you know needs economic assistance. Find more information about income assistance from the Department of Human Resources.

Minnesota Job Service - The focus of all services is to help job seekers find work and help employers find and retain qualified employees.

Minnesota Employment Center - The Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) for People Who are Deaf, Deaf & Blind, or Hard of Hearing provides comprehensive employment and job placement services.

Minnesota Unemployment Benefits - This is the official website of the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, administered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). LOGIN/FAQ’s

Volunteering Opportunities
Dakota County’s Volunteer website - Dakota County offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups wishing to share their talents and time volunteering in Dakota County.

Food Resources

Free Meals for students enrolled in ISD 192 this fall - click to learn more.

Farmington Food Shelf

510 Walnut Street
Farmington, MN 55024
(952) 985-5300

Rosemount Family Resource Center
14521 Cimarron Avenue West
Rosemount, MN 55068
(651)  322-5113

Lakeville -Messiah Community Food Shelf
Messiah Lutheran Church
16725 Highview Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044
(952)  985-5300

Caring Hearts in Action

315 4th Street
Farmington, MN 55024
(651) 463-3582

Loaves and Fishes Community Meal
Every Wednesday: Free supper (to go) served 5:30-6:30 pm
Faith United Methodist Church
710 8th Street
Farmington, MN 55024
(651) 460-6110

Hunger Solutions 
If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance now or at any time, Hunger Solutions can help connect you with free resources in your community. 


Health Resources 

Dakota County COVID-19 Information and Health Resources

Materiales de COVID-19 en español

Free COVID-19 Drive Through Tests
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Dakota Child and Family Clinic and the Northern Service Center. If you don't have a vehicle or would prefer to walk-thru, we can still test you.

Testing information
• Free and open to everyone (no age or location requirements)
• No symptoms, insurance or ID required 
• Test results take 3–7 days to process, rapid tests are not available
• Testing is administered by professional medical staff
• Nose swab viral test (antibody blood tests are not available)

Hours & Location / Drive-thru testing is free at:
• Dakota Child and Family Clinic, 2530 Horizon Drive, Burnsville 
• Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m.
• Sundays, noon –4 p.m.
• Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road West, West St. Paul 
• Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

To make an appointment, call 612-223-8838 


Talking to your child about COVID-19:

— PBS Kids: How to talk to your kids about coronavirus
— Coronavirus BrainPOP Video
— The Yucky Bug by Julia Cook (Video)
— Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists



Housing Resources

Singles, Youth, and Families: Dakota County residents may call the Housing Crisis Line at 651-554-5751 if they need:
— Emergency shelter due to homelessness or feeling domestic violence
— Information on community housing resources and referrals
— Rental assistance due to loss of income as a result of COVID-19

Emergency Financial Assistance: short-term assistance (usually a one-time payment) for people experiencing a financial hardship such as an eviction or utility shutoff.
— Apply at ApplyMN or call 651-554-5611 for more information

Legal Assistance:
— HomeLine provides free legal help for renters. Call 612-728-5767
— Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS) offers free legal help to low-income and senior citizen (60+) clients. Call 1-888-575-2954
Eviction Prevention: — Dakota County residents who are experiencing a short-term financial hardship with an eviction or utility shut-off can take actions outlined here to apply for financial assistance. Due to COVID-19 services and programs are changing rapidly. Please contact agencies directly to determine the availability of their individual programs.

Technology Resources

iPad Repair Help can be found here.

Dakota County Libraries
WiFi signals have been expanded to cover the parking lots at all Dakota County Library locations. Use of computers and other resources are available by appointment through Dakota County Libraries.

Reduced Cost Internet Programs 
Some internet service providers in our area offer internet access at a reduced cost to qualifying families. If interested, please review the following resources to learn more about the programs and qualifications:
— Spectrum Internet Assist
— Frontier Lifeline Program

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