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June 2016 Update
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has received one time funds in the state budget that will allow the temporary continuation of the Parent Aware Quality Improvement funds.
Quality Improvement & Quality Support Funds
Funds are available for non-accredited, licensed child care programs in Minnesota that volunteer to enroll in the full rating pathway to receive a Parent Aware Rating. If your program is accredited (NAEYC, NAFCC, etc.) and you want to participate in Parent Aware, please contact Katie Hoffman, Quality Improvement Coordinator at Child Care Aware® of Minnesota at 651.290.9704 (x108) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for non-accredited, licensed child care programs
To Participate in the July 2016 Cohort
Anoka County & Washington County Providers
Carver County & Scott County Providers
Dakota County Providers
Hennepin County & Ramsey County Providers
Questions? Contact the local office above, or your Quality Coach.
What is Parent Aware?
Parent Aware is the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for Minnesota. Nearly every state in the country now has a QRIS.
Learn more about Parent Aware here.
How to Earn a Star Rating
Contact Jennifer Barshack, Parent Aware Recruiter for the Metro District, with questions at email@example.com or at 651.233.2297.
Deadlines are Approaching for Parent Aware Participation!
To start in the July 2016 cohort of Parent Aware, a completed Parent Aware Application form and a Participation Agreement form is due by June 15, 2016.
Or apply online through Develop www.developtoolmn.org by June 30, 2016.
Rerating programs are also required to submit application forms or apply online and have the same deadlines.
The next cohort will not begin until January 2017.
To apply, contact Jennifer Barshack, Recruiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.233.2297
More information at www.parentaware.org
Free Parent Aware Information Sessions
Parent Aware Information Sessions for Hennepin & Ramsey Counties
Watch for information sessions for Hennepin & Ramsey counties to be scheduled for the Janaury 2017 Cohort, or contact Jennifer Barshack to apply today.
Help our Parent Aware Recruitment Efforts
If you had a positive experience with Parent Aware and would like to help us recruit other providers by talking at information sessions, or getting involved in other efforts, please talk to your Quality Coach or contact Jennifer Barshack, Recruiter at 651.233.2297 or email@example.com for details!
Learn More about Parent Aware, watch a video where Providers Speak about their experiences with Parent Aware.