Parent Aware

Get the recognition you deserve for demonstrating best practices in early education! 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

*Starting July 1, 2024, Early Learning Scholarships – Pathway I can only be used at programs with a Three- or Four-Star rating.

Parent Aware Grant Information

  • $1,000 is available for programs that choose Building Quality and complete a minimum of 20 hours with a Quality Coach, which gives participants more coaching as they prepare for a Parent Aware Star Rating; and
  • $1,500 is available for programs that receive a 1-Star rating
  • $2,000 is available for programs that earn a 2-Star rating
  • $3,500 is available for programs that earn a 3-Star rating
  • $4,000 is available for programs that earn a 4-Star rating
  • New Policy for Re-Rating programs- rated programs that apply to be re-rated in advance of their current rating expiration date will only be eligible for grants if they earn a higher star rating level than they currently have.
  • 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

All information sessions are virtual, so have your laptop, cellphone, or tablet ready. Registration links and dates are below

  • Monday March 27, 2023 ~ 1-2pm- Click here to register 
  • Wednesday April 12, 2023 ~ 6-7pm- Click here to register 
  • Thursday May 25, 2023 ~ 2-3pm- Click here to register 

If you are unable to attend any of the dates listed above; please contact the agency below, listed by counties.

Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington County Providers

Think Small
10 Yorkton Ct
St. Paul, MN 55117
Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297 or

Carver and Scott County Providers

CAP Agency
738 1st Ave East
Shakopee, MN 55379
Christy Stroud at 612-463-4274 or

Dakota County Providers

360 Communities Office
501 E. Highway 13, Suite 112
Burnsville, MN 55337
Mischelle Ulrich at 952-985-4045 or

Inside Look at Parent Aware

Watch these 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.

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Parent Aware Hmong Video:

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Parent Aware Somali Video:

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