Mary opened her family child care business five years ago in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. At the time, she was not familiar with Parent Aware, Minnesota’s new quality rating and improvement system, but she was eager to learn how to have more impact in the lives of children and their families.
It had been many years since Mary had received any formal education herself.
Mary’s progress included working with a mentor, an environment consultant, and other supportive and expert staff. She attended training on curriculum and child assessment. And she received help in joining the Minnesota Center for Professional Development registry to help track and monitor her progress.
Two years later, Mary was well on her way to achieving a high-quality rating through Parent Aware for her child care business. She’s also on track to earn her Child Development Associate credential. Not only is she providing a safe and nurturing setting that parents can trust, she has transformed her program into a place for school readiness.
Your job is important. Maybe more important than you realize. Every interaction you have with children helps shape the person they'll grow up to be. Will they be ready for school? Will they be equipped with the tools for success in life? You have the opportunity for tremendous impact. And that's why we're here to help.
Think Small supports excellence in early learning for all types of professionals--providers, parent educators, and teachers. By offering classes, coaching, and financial support, we can help you become the best professional you can be. So you can help kids become the best people they can be.
When you're thinking of the possibilities, Think Small.