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Stars Defined

Learn more about what makes each Parent Aware Star Rating different

Star-Ratings-chartFamilies 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 are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and are sharing that with families looking for quality care and education programs.

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 the Child Care Research page on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website for several Parent Aware reports and information, including the total number of currently Rated programs in Minnesota.

 

One-Star Rating

One-Star Rated programs have completed the following steps:

  • Volunteered for training on the basics of how children grow and learn, and how to track children’s developmental progress.
  • Developed strong relationships with children and their families, and offer families information about helpful community services.
  • Are committed to improving their own training and education in the early learning field.


Two-Star Rating

Two-Star Rated programs have done all of the things One-Star programs do, and also:

  • Are committed to school readiness using daily schedules, learning activities and materials, classroom layout, and health-related practices.
  • Volunteered for training on Minnesota’s early learning standards.
  • Developed strong relationships with children and their families with open two-way conversations with parents about child’s growth and development and offering information about paying for care.
  • Planned for and pursued ongoing learning.

 

Three-Star Rating

Three-Star Rated have done all of the things One- and Two-Star programs do, and also:

  • Are committed to school readiness by using child assessment and curriculum and promoting critical thinking.
  • Are committed to ongoing professional development and have volunteered for training in some of the following:
    • Key areas of children’s development
    • Cultural and socio-economic differences between families
    • Practices that support inclusion
    • Offering healthy meals
    • Engaging children in physical activity and active play
  • Developed strong relationships with families by doing some of the following:
    • Sharing assessment results
    • Helping them access family support services
    • Providing information in parents’ primary languages

 

Four-Star Rating

Four-Star Rated programs have done all of the things One, Two and Three-Star programs do, and also:

  • Are committed to school readiness by using best practices in child assessment and promote critical thinking.
  • Are committed to ongoing professional development and have volunteered for training in most of the following:
    • Key areas of children’s development
    • Cultural and socio-economic differences between families
    • Practices that support inclusion; offering healthy meals
    • Engaging children in physical activity and active play
  • Develop strong relationships with families by doing most of the following:
    • Sharing assessment results
    • Helping them access family support services
    • Providing information in parents’ primary languages

 

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.

 

Has Not Volunteered

This means a provider or program:

  • Has not volunteered to participate in Parent Aware OR
  • Applied for a Parent Aware Star Rating, but did not achieve one OR
  • Had a Rating that expired

 

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