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Earn A Rating

This list will walk you through the basic Rating steps.

  1. 1

    Know Your Program Type.

    Are you a family child care provider? Maybe you’re representing a Head Start program. Many different programs can get a Parent Aware Rating, but the Pathway you choose depends on your program type. Read our Rating Eligibility page to find your program.

  2. 2

    Connect with Us!

    Our team is ready to answer any question and help you get started toward your Rating. Find the right contact for your program and join us today!

  3. 3

    Choose Your Path.

    No yellow brick roads here! We offer three different Pathways for programs to get a Parent Aware Rating. Read more about each Pathway to find the right one for your program.

    This would also be a good time to make sure you have signed up for Develop and have earned your Career Lattice Step. Develop is your one-stop shop for professional development and quality improvement tools.

  4. 4

    Use Our Resources.

    Once you’ve signed up, you can reference this group of resources throughout the Rating process. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the Parent Aware team.

  5. 5

    Get Your Rating!

    Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off for you and the children in your care. Your official Rating Certificate will be sent in the mail. We suggest putting it in a nice frame.

    Here are some tips to support your quality between Ratings.

  6. 6

    Promote Your Rating.

    You have your Rating. Tell the families in your care! Tell your community! Share your hard work and tell them why you’re proud to have a Parent Aware Rating. We also have several free resources you can use to promote your accomplishment.

  7. 7

    Go for a Re-Rating.

    Ratings expire after two years, but some programs are eligible to apply for a Re-Rating sooner. Check out our Re-Rating page for details.

Get Started

Recruiters are here to answer your questions and start you on the journey to a Rating.

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