Child Care Aware



We believe that all children deserve quality care and education. Child Care Aware offers support and resources to parents, child care providers, and community members with all aspects of child care. We guide and connect families, educate and support providers, inform and partner with our community both locally and statewide. We are working towards building a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families. 


Looking For and Choosing Child Care

Choosing a child care program is a major decision.  Parent Aware is a search tool to find quality care in your area. Please visit or call 1-888-291-9811.

Paying for Child Care
CAP Agency Child Care Aware does not provide direct assistance for families. State and county programs are available:


If you have questions or need resources concerning your program, getting licensed, or a current child care situation, contact your local Child Care Aware professionals:

Parent Aware
Parent Aware is Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement system.  This system supports childcare providers as they build and enhance their programs. Child care providers receive coaching support, quality improvement funding, and professional development/training opportunities to ensure that children have quality early learning experiences. For more information visit or contact or 952-402-9824.

We are now accepting applications for all licensed child care providers and centers to earn a Parent Aware star rating. Contact

Child care providers can distinguish themselves by earning up to four stars. All star-rated programs go above and beyond licensing requirements to support school readiness.

Participating programs have:

  • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
  • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn
  • Placed a focus on children’s health and safety

For more information about Parent Aware star ratings, visit or call 952-402-9824.

The Child Care Aware system supports providers by offering classes and professional development tools that help you meet your training requirements and educational goals. Classes are offered in a variety of formats – evenings, weekends, series classes and conferences:

Professional Development

  • All child care providers have access to a professional development advisor to assist with your educational goals. For more information visit
  • The Minnesota Center for Professional Development is a comprehensive system available to all child care providers that will assist in your child care profession. For more information visit
  • All childcare providers are encouraged to create a learning profile in DEVELOP.  DEVELOP is a tool to track your professional development and training.  Visit:

Business Management 

Child Care Aware staff have the expertise and resources to help you put together all the components that complete the big picture of your program.  We are available to support you and ensure that your program information is correct, answering marketing questions and offering additional resources. For more information visit:


Additional information is available at


CAP Agency Child Care Aware is a leader in community outreach. We are a trusted source for reliable child care information, including demographics, statistics, and trends. We work in partnership with school districts, businesses, public health and civic organizations. For more information contact or call 952 402 9824.

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