Continuing Education and Resources

Continuing Education and Online Courses
Adult Basic Education
Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

Continuing Education and Online Courses


Eager-to-Learn is an innovative, community based, e-learning program of Child Care Aware of Minnesota.


T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota

T.E.A.C.H. Minnesota is expanding! Scholarship opportunities for center directors and other center-based employees not working with children are now available. Additionally, there are new scholarship models for qualified indiviuals interested in completing fewer credits per year. Applications and more information available through Child Care Aware of Minneosta.

Please contact Erin Young, T.E.A.C.H. Counselor, with any questions at or 651-290-9704 x 200

The Minnesota Center for Professional Development
The Minnesota Center for Professional Development recognizes and supports the providers in the field of early childhood and school age education throughout the state. In all settings of early childhood and school-age care, the provider’s experience and professional development is the key element to children’s successful learning.

Early Education Central
Early Educator Central is a jointly administered project by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Offices of Child Care and Head Start. This project is being led by ICF International in collaboration with ZERO TO THREE and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The initial focus is on linking to coursework to support infant-toddler educators, who include center and home-based/family child care teachers. However, the initiative is also providing compelling resources for others with key career roles in early learning. Resources are being developed and organized to meet the needs of other key early childhood professionals including: administrators of early childhood programs; trainers and coaches; higher education professionals and coursework developers; and professional development (PD) systems leaders.

Minnesota STREAMS to Quality
Minnesota STREAMS to Quality serves people who care for children, offering educational opportunities, grants, and financial incentives.

Child Development Associate (CDA)
A CDA is an individual who has successfully completed training and a CDA assessment. An associate can meet the specific needs of children and works with parents or guardians to nurture children’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth in a child care setting. The CDA credential is nationally recognized and issued by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 800-424-4310.  Contact our Statewide Education Coordinator at (888) 291-9811 or

Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA)
CBTA allows family child care providers to earn eight semester hours of credit from Minnesota West, Worthington campus. For more information, call 800-634-3359.

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Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education (ABE) is available statewide at no cost to adult learners and is administered through the Minnesota Department of Education. Each year, over 500 delivery sites serve approximately 75,000 adult students. About one-half of whom are enrolled in English Learner (EL) programs. Licensed teachers provide ABE instruction and are assisted by more than 3,000 trained volunteers. 

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Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

For more information on accreditation for child care centers, please visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children
For more information on accreditation for child care programs, please visit the  National Association for Family Child Care

Bridge to Benefits
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.

Child Care Aware of MN Resource & Referral
Child Care Aware Resource & Referral helps families find child care and understand their care options, supports child care providers through grants and education, and informs the community on the importance of child care.

Minnesota Parents Know
Our organization is a proud sponsor of a new parent website. offers Minnesota parents a convenient source for trusted information on child learning, development, health and safety. This resource was developed by the Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with state and national leaders and researchers in early childhood education and health. With research-based information and extensive input from Minnesota parents, this website is designed to address specific parent needs.

Keeping Kids Safe: Your Home Child Care Emergency Plan
The Emergency Plan Guide is published by the Department of Human Services for licensed family child care providers and family, friend and neighbor providers to help them plan for emergencies

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC recognizes quality child care center programs through a self-evaluation process.  Minnesota’s chapter (MNAEYC) offers support for Center Accreditation and more.

National After-School Association (NAA)
NAA sets standards for stimulating, safe, and supportive after-school programs for young people ages five to fourteen. For more information, call the national office at 703-610-9028.  

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
NAFCC recognizes quality family child care homes through a self evaluation process. For more information, call 801-269-9338.

Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MNSACA)
To promote quality out-of-school time programs and support the leadership and development of out-of-school time professionals.  For more information visit MNSACA.

Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association (MLFCCA)
The mission of Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association is to support the highest standard of care for children in Minnesota’s diverse licensed family child care homes through education, resources, recognition and advocacy.

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