Get the recognition you deserve for demonstrating best practices in early education! Watch these new videos produced by Think Small which are specifically designed for Spanish, Hmong and Somali child care providers. You’ll get an inside look at Parent Aware rated programs in Minnesota and learn about the benefits of earning a Parent Aware rating.

Parent Aware is the statewide Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for Minnesota. Every state in the country now has a QRIS. Ours is called Parent Aware. Parent Aware Ratings are focused on getting children ready to succeed in kindergarten and in life! When you volunteer to participate, you go beyond basic health and safety requirements to demonstrate the best practices in early education.

Learn more about Parent Aware here.

Program Benefits

  • Have your quality recognized
  • FREE coaching and assistance
  • Increased access to scholarships for families
  • Ongoing marketing support
  • Higher reimbursement rates
  • Join the community of Rated programs

The deadline to apply for the next round of Parent Aware is June 10, 2018

Parent Aware July 2018 Session

  • $1,000 is available for programs that choose Building Quality, which gives participants more coaching as they prepare for a Parent Aware Star Rating; and
  • $2,500 is available for programs that receive a One-Star, Two-Star, or Three-Star Rating June 2018.
  • New and Re-Rating Parent Aware programs are eligible!
  • Providers that have participated in the Building Quality pathway are eligible to participate again. These quality improvement dollars can be spent on professional development training, curricula, assessment tools, toys, equipment, technology— such as a computer, printer, or software—or other materials tied to the provider’s program goals.

Attend an Info/Orientation Session

  • Hennepin & Ramsey County Providers
    • Tuesday, March 27th: 6:30-8:00pm
      • Think Small West: 2021 E Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55413
    • Monday, April 2nd: 3:30-5:00pm
      • Rondo Community Library: 461 Dale Street N | St Paul, MN 55104
    • Tuesday, April 10th: 6:30-8:00pm
      • Brookdale Library: 6125 Shingle Creek Pkwy | Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
    • Wednesday, April 18th: 6:30-8:00pm
      • Think Small East: 10 Yorkton Court | St Paul, MN 55117
    • Monday, May 7th: 12:30-2:00pm
      • Think Small East: 10 Yorkton Court | St Paul, MN 55117
    • Monday, May 14th: 5:30-7:00pm
      • Southdale Library: 7001 York Avenue S | Edina, MN 55435
    • Saturday, May 19th: 12:30-2:00pm
      • Sun Ray Library: 2105 Wilson Avenue | St Paul, MN 55119

How to Earn a Star Rating

  • Apply for participation in a January or July cohort.
  • Join Develop and earn your step on the Career Lattice.
  • Review your program strengths and set a Star Level goal with your Quality coach.
  • Work with your Coach to gather program documentation.
  • Submit your Quality Documentation Portfolio.
  • Receive your Star Rating!

Join the Next Cohort

  • To start in the July 2018 cohort of Parent Aware, complete two forms: a Parent Aware Application and a Participation Agreement.
  • Providers with Develop accounts may apply online at
  • Re-rating programs are also required to submit application forms or apply online.

Download the application and participation agreement.

Metro Area Contacts

Anoka County & Washington County Providers

Contact: Annette Borman
763.783.4711 or
Anoka County Community Action Program
1201 89th Ave. NE, Suite 345
Blaine, MN 55434
Fax: 763.783.4700

Carver County & Scott County Providers

Contact: Marie Johnson
952.402.9824 or
CAP Agency Child Care Aware of MN
712 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
Fax: 952-402-9815

Dakota County Providers

Contact: Mischelle Ulrich
952.985.4045 or
360 Communities
501 East Highway 13, Suite 102
Burnsville, MN 55337

Hennepin County & Ramsey County Providers

Contact: Tanisha Lungelow
651-233-2297 or
Think Small West
2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite LL20
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Parent Aware Spanish Video

English version of Parent Aware Spanish Video


Parent Aware Hmong Video


English version of Parent Aware Hmong Video


Parent Aware Somali Video


English version of Parent Aware Somali Video