These forms, samples, policies, and resources are for licensed accredited child care and Public School Pre-Kindergarten programs that meet Minnesota Statutes 124D.15 taking the Accelerated Pathway to Rating (APR).
Not sure if you should be participating in APR? Read more about the Rating Pathways.
There are different application materials for APR programs based on the type of program:
Frequently Asked Questions
Standards and Indicators
Learn more about the Indicators and how they measure best practice in child care and early education.
Programs earn accreditation from national child care organizations for meeting higher standards than required for state licensing, and typically meet or exceed requirements for a Parent Aware Rating. Programs with an accreditation from an organization below are strongly encouraged to apply for an APR.
For Child Care Centers:
For Family Child Care Providers:
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs)
The Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs), also known as Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines, outline a set of expectations for young children. All programs are encouraged to use the ECIPs to guide their planning and practices.
Updated ECIPs were published in 2017. You can read a Q&A about the transition on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website. Visit the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) website to download the full set of new ECIPs.
Programs can reference the older version of the ECIPs during the Rating process until July 1, 2018.
Using one or more curricula helps providers and teachers plan and use effective instruction. These tools align with the Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (ECIPs) and meet Parent Aware curriculum requirements.
Curriculum Nomination Form & Guide
What do you do if your curriculum is not on the approved list? Nominate it by completing the Curriculum Nomination Form and submitting it, along with supporting materials, to Parent Aware.
Approved Assessment Tools
Child assessment tools help providers and teachers understand each child’s development, and plan lessons to meet their individual needs. These tools meet Parent Aware assessment requirements.
Child Assessment Nomination Form & Guide
What do you do if your assessment is not on the approved list? Nominate it by completing the Child Assessment Nomination Form and submitting it, along with supporting materials, to Parent Aware.
Training and Professional Development
Ongoing training and professional development gives providers and teachers skills to offer the high-quality learning environments and interactions needed to prepare children for school. Your Professional Development Advisor (PDA) will help you put a plan together, and answer questions about these resources: