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

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.

Join Us for Quality Tune Ups


You are invited to join us for monthly quality tune-ups to stay connected to other early childhood educators and to network and share ideas and learn from each other in a non training environment. Starting September, 2020-December, 2020. For more information; please contact Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297 or tlungelow@thinksmall.org


Attend an Information Session

All information sessions will be held by webinar, to RSVP please contact Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297 or tlungelow@thinksmall.org. Please RSVP at least one day prior to the session to get a link emailed to you to join the session.



  • Friday, October 9, 2020 (12:00pm — 1:30pm)
  • Monday, November 16, 2020 (6:30pm — 8:00pm)
  • Monday, December 7, 2020 (3:00pm — 4:30pm)


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

Hennepin & Ramsey County Providers

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

Carver &Scott County Providers

CAP Agency
712 Canterbury Rd. S.
Shakopee, MN 55379
Marie Johnson at 952-402-9824 or mjohnson@capagency.org

Dakota County Providers

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

Anoka & Washington County Providers

ACCAP
1201 89th Ave. NE Suite 345
Blaine, MN 55434
Annette Borman at 763-783-4711 or aborman@accap.org.

All information sessions will be held by webinar, to RSVP please contact Tanisha Lungelow at 651-233-2297 or tlungelow@thinksmall.org. Please RSVP at least one day prior to the session to get a link emailed to you to join the session.


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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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: