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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. Not sure if you should be on the Full-Rating Pathway? Read more about the Rating Pathways.


Achieve, the Minnesota Center for Professional Development |

Helps child care and early education professionals document and plan for their training and professional development. Services include:

  • Help applying for an Individual Membership, creating a Learning Record, and receiving a Career Lattice Step using Develop
  • Help applying to become an approved trainer, coach, consultant or mentor
  • Virtual career guide to assess skills and identify career options


Center for Inclusive Child Care |

Offers free relationship-based support, training, modeling, and resources. There are three types of coaching offered:

  • Inclusion: support for children with high needs through strategies, modeling and support
  • Health and safety: learn about best practices and new illness and accident prevention policies
  • Infant and toddler: find new activities, routines and materials for serving infants and toddlers


Center for Early Education and Development |

Offers the following services and supports:

  • Observations and scoring with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS™)
  • Supports for Parent Aware CLASS™ Coaches
  • Training on child assessment and CLASS™ observation (Infant, Toddler, Pre-k, and K-3 versions)


Child Care Aware of Minnesota |

A network of regional and district agencies, and one statewide agency. Supports provided include:

  • Coaching, technical assistance, and grants
  • Free and low-cost training to meet Parent Aware training requirements
  • Professional development guidance for providers and teachers
  • Scholarships for higher education and retention bonuses


Child Care Assistance Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services |

A state government program administered by local county or tribal governments that:


Develop |

An online toolbox with two main components: Parent Aware and Professional Development. Use it to:

  • Search and register for training and track professional development activities
  • Apply for an Individual Membership and establish a Career Lattice Step
  • Apply for and submit documentation to earn a Parent Aware Rating


Early Learning Scholarships Program, Minnesota Department of Education |

A state government program administered by area administrators, and for Pathway II scholarships administered directly by Four Star Rated Programs, that:


First Children’s Finance |

Provides business development services, including:

  • Business training, coaching, consultation, and technical assistance
  • Business leadership cohorts
  • Low-interest financing to child care businesses


Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children |

Supports early childhood and school-age care programs across Minnesota with:

  • Accreditation support services
  • Curriculum and assessment consultation
  • CLASSTM coaching
  • Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) on a variety of topics, customizable onsite
  • Professional Development, tailored onsite training & public offerings
  • Leadership Journey Series for center-based and school-age care leadership/management

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