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 December 10, 2017

  • $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

  • Anoka & Washington County Providers
    • Blaine Human Service Center: 1201 89th Ave NE | Blaine, MN 55434
      • Friday, December 8th: 1:30–3pm
    • Woodbury City Hall: 8301 Valley Creek Rd | Woodbury, MN 55125
      • Thursday, December 7th: 1:30–3pm

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 January 2018 cohort of Parent Aware, complete two forms: a Parent Aware Application and a Participation Agreement.
  • Providers with Develop accounts may apply online at www.developtoolmn.org
  • 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 aborman@accap.org
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 mjohnson@capagency.org
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 mulrich@360communities.org
360 Communities
501 East Highway 13, Suite 102
Burnsville, MN 55337


Hennepin County & Ramsey County Providers


Contact: Kari Schmitz
651-233-2297 or kschmitz@thinksmall.org
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