Community Engagement

Program pioneers.

Parent Aware is an independent rating system to help parents select high-quality child care and early education.

Working in partnership with a number of other public and private organizations, Think Small helped develop and implement the three-year pilot for Parent Aware.


Community Engagement

Think broadly.

We envision a society that affords every child the best start in life. That's why we're actively engaged-through policy development, advocacy, evaluation, program piloting, and scaling successful pilots-in creating a Minnesota that supports optimal child care and early learning.

For policymakers, funders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and others concerned with kids, we're a bold and effective partner. We invite you to work together with us on community and state-wide issues involving early childhood.

When you're thinking broadly, Think Small.


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The debate is over: investing in our youngest Minnesotans by providing access to high quality programs for children most in need is the best way to close the academic achievement gap.


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Think Small 2016 Public Policy Priorities

Think Small believes that placing a priority on children and their families through high quality early childhood education is critical for Minnesota’s future. Policy decisions that are in the best interest of children are in the best interest of communities and Minnesota’s future economic prosperity. In the 2016 Legislative session, Think Small will advocate to build on the momentum of the past two years which included the greatest investment in early care and education in over a decade. Highlights of recent legislative sessions include $20 million for Child Care Assistance tied to increased payments to providers offering high quality programs and $40 million in scholarships for high quality early learning. While we are pleased with this progress, there is still work to be done.

Click here to view Think Small's 2016 Public Policy Priorities. Also, here’s great information on our priorities and how to talk about them.Updates on bills currently moving through the Minnesota Legislature related to early care and education are also available online.

Additional information about child care programs across Minneosta, including information organized by county, can be found on our blog


Think Small is a proud member of the MinneMinds Campaign.

When all Minnesota kids have the best possible start, we're all better off. Learn more at



Minnesota Early Learning Scholarhips

Find out more about Early Learning Scholarships administered by Think Small and how to apply here.