Searching for Child Care

Think Small is a trusted resource for child care information with over thirty years of experience helping families search for care and early childhood education.

Finding the right care is a lot of work. Our Tools & Tips section will give you valuable information about selecting care. Experts are also available to help. You can reach Child Care Aware at 1-888-291-9811 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Two Easy Ways to Get a List and Learn More about Your Child Care Options:

Call Child Care Aware for a customized referral
CLICK HERE to use the Self-Search online database (you’ll be redirected to the Parent Aware website)   
  • It’s free.
  • You’ll talk with a local Parent Education Specialist.
  • You’ll receive a list of child care options based on your search criteria.
  • You’ll get information to help you choose the best care for your child.
  • It’s available Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • It’s free.
  • You’ll receive a list of child care options based on the criteria you select.
  • It’s available 24/7
  • You’ll be redirected to the Parent Aware website.


Important to Know:

  • All search options use the same database but results may vary.
  • Think Small does not license, endorse, inspect, or recommend any early childhood program.
  • A licensed child care program has met minimal standards. A license does not guarantee high-quality care.
  •   The information about each program is self-reported, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

If you are looking for care outside of Minnesota, call 800-424-2246 or click here to visit the Child Care Aware website.