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Key Resources

You may be eligible for free or low-cost support provided by these Parent Aware partners.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services leads Parent Aware in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Health. Child Care Aware of Minnesota is working in local communities to share the Ratings with parents, and prepare child care and early education programs. Community leaders, including Close Gaps by 5 and the Greater Twin Cities United Way, also support Parent Aware.

Your Parent Aware Rating or signed Participation Agreement is the key to resources that support your child care program. You may be eligible for free or low-cost support provided by these Parent Aware partners.


First Children’s Finance |

  • Business Leadership Cohorts
  • Business consultation
  • Free training
  • Low-cost financing for quality improvements


Minnesota Department of Health |

  • Coaching and technical assistance for health and safety issues
  • Child care health consultation


Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association |

  • Coaching and technical assistance for family child care providers seeking NAFCC accreditation


Develop |
Minnesota Center for Professional Development |

  • An online toolbox with two main components: Parent Aware and Professional Development
  • Approves trainers, RBPD professionals, and training courses
  • Providers use Develop to register for training and track their professional development activities


Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children |

  • Operates the Accreditation Facilitation Project
  • Consultation and technical assistance to child care centers seeking national accreditation


Center for Inclusive Child Care |

  • Offers free coaching, relationship-based support, training, and modeling focused on the successful inclusion of children with special needs or challenging behaviors, implementing health and safety best practices and/or supporting the unique needs of infants and toddlers in your care


Child Care Aware of Minnesota |

  • Statewide network of regional and district Child Care Aware offices
  • Professional development guidance for providers/staff
  • Quality coaches provide individual coaching and technical assistance to meet Parent Aware standards
  • CLASS coaches provide coaching to centers seeking a Three or Four-Star Parent Aware Rating
  • Free and low-cost training to meet Parent Aware training requirements

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