Here are some resources for families during the 2022 Minneapolis Public School’s teacher strike. The strike began on March 8, 2022. As of March 25th, 2022, MPS and the teacher’s union have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike. We will update this post when the strike ends.
This resource guide is adapted from resource guides created by National Parents’ Union (Minnesota Chapter), Multicultural Autism Action Network (MAAN), Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, and MPR.
Click to jump to a section: Childcare and Physical Spaces | Food and Meal Resources | Academic Support Resources | Social, Emotional, and Wellbeing Supports | Technology Support | FAQ for MSP Families
Childcare and Physical Space Resources
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
- Teacher Strike All Day Care K – 12
- Parents and/or guardians of new members must complete registration paperwork for their child or children.
- Learn more and register at boysandgirls.org/club
Childcare (fee) at YMCAs
- YMCA of the North (ymcanorth.org)
- Registration is required and can be completed online or in person at the time of child drop off.
- 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Harold Mezile North Community YMCA ($12/child/day)
- 1711 West Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
- Blaisdell YMCA – South Minneapolis ($45/child/day)
- 3335 Blaisdell Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Drop In Physical Spaces
- Best Buy Teen Tech Center Downtown Minneapolis Central Library
- 300 Nicollet Mall
- Open to youth ages 12 – 19
- Monday through Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Youth Services Network
- Hennepin County Libraries
- Locations and hours are here: Library locations, Hennepin County
- Minneapolis Park and Recreation Hubs
- Recreation Centers
- Each hub site will offer free, fun, engaging and structured activities for up to 45 kids in grades K-8.
- Registration is required, with in-person registration available, and online registration found here.
- Open 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- North: North Commons (612-370-4921) and Fairview (612-370-4922)
- Northeast: Northeast (612-370-4920) and Luxton (612-370-4925)
- Upper South: East Phillips (612-370-4888) and Longfellow (612-370-4957)
- Lower South: Nokomis (612-370-4923 ) and Sibley (612-370-4954)
- Southwest: Whittier (612-370-4966) and Bryant Square (612-370-4907)
- Teen programming from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- 826 MSP
- 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- 826 MSP will have snacks, internet (and devices), as well as reading and writing practice for students Grades 2-12
- Space for 20 students; spots will be first come, first served.
- Additional organizations that may have childcare openings (enrollment changing quickly):
- Recreation Centers
Food and Meal Resources
After the first day of the strike (March 8, 2022), a daily meal bag consisting of one breakfast and one lunch will be available each day for pick up at the school where the student is enrolled. Pick-up hours will be communicated by the school, or can be inquired about here: firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 668-0230.
- Ensuring students have food during teacher strike – Every Meal
- Available at the Brookdale, Franklin, Hosmer, Northeast, Sumner, and Webber Park Libraries as well as YMCAs throughout the Twin Cities.
- Community Meal Distribution Sites | Every Meal
- 4-5 pound meal bag containing nutritious, nonperishable food items for all children, families, and individuals
- Various public locations throughout the Twin Cities like libraries, park and recreation centers, fire stations, YMCAs, city halls, and others. Simply go to the front entrance or front desk to get your meal bag. No qualifications are required, and no information is collected.
- Food Pantries, Food Banks, Hot Meals—Minneapolis, MN
- Northpoint Health and Wellness food programs are open and available:
- Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Talk to a Navigator if you want help with any other programs at Northpoint Health & Wellness or in the community or call (612)767-9500.
- If clients who need food are unable to visit the food shelf, they can select someone else—like their county worker—to pick up their food.
Academic Support Resources
Hennepin County Libraries
Hennepin County Libraries offer many virtual learning resources. Apply for an e-card to access virtual resources here: Library e-card application
- Early learning
- Call 612-543-8851 to listen to a recording of a short story on-demand. The story changes weekly.
- Arts and culture
- Books and reading
- Free K – 12 in-person tutoring at 12 library locations
- Augsburg Park
- 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield
- Monday and Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy., Brooklyn Park
- Monday and Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Brooklyn Park
- 8500 W. Broadway Ave, Brooklyn Park
- Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center
- 505 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis
- Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- East Lake
- 2727 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
- Tuesday and Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- 1314 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
- Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- 347 E. 36th St., Minneapolis
- Monday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis
- Monday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- North Regional
- 1315 Lowry Ave. N., Minneapolis
- Monday and Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- 4026 28th Ave. S., Minneapolis
- Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- 611 Van White Mem. Blvd., Minneapolis
- Monday and Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Webber Park
- 4440 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis
- Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Augsburg Park
Additional fee based programs:
- Hive Martial Arts
- Offering a camp with STEM activities, elementary math, history/social studies, science, and creative time.
- Students in grades k-5
- 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
- Cost: $255/week. Includes Healthy Snacks & Drinks
- Phone: 612-331-3786
- Link to Registration
- Bilingual Learning Center
- 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Serves grades k-5
- Cost: varies based on hours (ranges from $20–$60/day)
- For more information and to register email: email@example.com
- Students bring own lunch
- Code Ninjas Kids Coding & STEM Center
- 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
- Serves ages 6-15
- Cost: $89/day
- Phone: 952-206-4263
Additional virtual and at home learning resources:
Hennepin County Workers can make a referral to Education Support Specialists for remote:
- Individualized education support
- Educational advocacy
- School navigation
- And more!
Social, Emotional, and Wellbeing Supports
United 211 provides confidential health services and resources are available in multiple languages.
Virtual options for managing stress:
- Free remote counseling Home – Walk-In (walkin.org)
- Working with underserved communities to co-create a safe and nurturing environment to break down stigma associated with accessing mental health therapy and help connect people with culturally competent therapists.
Community Resource Guides
- Resources for youth in Hennepin County
- Youth Services Network
- Handbook of the Streets
- Resource for people experiencing homelessness
- Connect to economic supports in Hennepin County
Mental Health Emergencies
If you’re in a mental health crisis or know someone who is, we can help. The Cope mobile crisis teams can come to where you are.
- Adults 18 and over call 612-596-1223
- Children 17 and under call 612-348-2233
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
- PCs for People
- Provides affordable computers and low-cost internet to eligible individuals
- Digital Equity – City of Minneapolis
Frequently Asked Questions for MPS Families (from the district)
Click here to review Frequently Asked Questions for families in the Minneapolis Public Schools district. It is available in 4 languages.