Families use Parent Aware Star Ratings to find programs using best practices that prepare children for kindergarten.
When a program volunteers to participate in the Parent Aware Star Rating process, we like to say they are letting their stars shine. They participate in continuous quality training and professional development to go above and beyond health and safety requirements.
Participating programs Read more about types of care and early education programs receive a Rating of One, Two, Three, or Four Stars. Parent Aware Ratings are based on demonstrated use of practices that best prepare children for kindergarten. Each Rating level builds on the previous, helping families easily identify how far a program has progressed in adopting these practices.
Visit Minnesota’s Early Childhood Longitudinal Data system (MN ECLDS) website for an interactive map of Rated programs. More information about Parent Aware participation is available in the Fast Facts section of Develop.
Several Parent Aware reports and updates are also available in the Child Care and Early Education Reports section of the Minnesota Department of Human services website.
These programs have demonstrated these best practices:
These programs have demonstrated all One-Star practices, AND:
These programs have demonstrated all One- and Two-Star practices, AND:
These programs have demonstrated all One-, Two-, and Three-Star practices, AND commits to ongoing quality improvement by using most of these best practices:
You may also see these labels in your search results:
Rating in Process
Program has volunteered and is currently in the Rating process.
Not Eligible for Rating
Program is not eligible for Rating.
Not Allowed to Participate: Licensing Sanction
Program is not allowed to participate in the Rating process because it has received a sanction against its child care license. For more information, see Health & Safety in Licensed Child Care Programs.
Has Not Volunteered
This means a provider or program:
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