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, 2018

Parent Aware January 2019 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.
  • $3,500 is available for child care centers in Ramsey County that receive a 1, 2, or 3 star rating
  • 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 Information Session

Hennepin & Ramsey County Providers

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
    Think Small West: 2021 E Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55413
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
    Brookdale Library: 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway | Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
    Rondo Community Library: 461 Dale St. N | St. Paul, MN 55104
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | 6:30 – 8:00pm
    Think Small East: 10 Yorkton Court | St Paul, MN 55117
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018
    Location TBD

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, contact Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297 or


Carver/Scott County Providers

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 6:30-8pm
    CAP Agency: 712 Canterbury Road S | Shakopee, MN 55379
  • Monday, November 19, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
    CAP Agency: 712 Canterbury Road S | Shakopee, MN 55379

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, contact Marie Johnson at 952-402-9824 or


Dakota County Providers

  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 | 6:30-8pm
    501 E. Highway 13, Suite 102 | Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Monday, October 29, 2018 | 6:30-8pm
    501 E. Highway 13, Suite 102 | Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 9:00-10:30am
    501 E. Highway 13, Suite 102 | Burnsville, MN 55337
  • Orientation scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
    501 E. Highway 13, Suite 102 | Burnsville, MN 55337

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, call 952-985-4045 or


Anoka/Washington County Providers

No Current Events Scheduled


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 2019 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