Child Care Aware

HOW WE HELP

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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. 

FOR PARENTS

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 www.parentaware.org  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:

FAMILY & CENTER CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

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:

Child Care Curriculum Kits
Curriculum Kits are available to Scott and Carver county child care providers to enhance your curriculum. To learn more or to check out a kit contact childcareaware@capagency.org or 612-850-5097.

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 www.parentaware.org or contact childcareaware@capagency.org  or 952-402-9824.

Training
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 www.childcareawaremn.org
  • 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 www.mncpd.org
  • All childcare providers are encouraged to create a learning profile in DEVELOP.  DEVELOP is a tool to track your professional development and training.  Visit:  www.developtoolmn.org

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:

Grants

Additional information is available at www.childcareawaremn.org

 FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

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 childcareaware@capagency.org  or call 952 402 9824.

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