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Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.

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Tanisha Lungelow

Metro District Recruiter

I have always had a passion for helping people, which is why I worked in health care for over 18 years helping educate patients from a variety of diverse backgrounds and cultures. I switched career paths to early childhood education so that I could help educate children in their early years. Now I help the adults who care for children by sharing information about Parent Aware and resources that would benefit their business and show families that they are willing to go above and beyond the basic health and safety standards for their community’s children.

or call 651.233.2297


Aitkin, Chisago, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena.

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Balinda Bailey

Northeast District Recruiter

With my education in organizational behavior, I bring 30 years of experience devoted to the growth and development of others. Having spent seven years as a foster parent, I have an intimate understanding of the work that child care providers do to contribute to a better world.

I believe that the best way to predict the future is to create it! I spend my days listening to providers and sharing the resources they need to make an informed decision about how becoming a Rated program will benefit them, and the children and families they serve in their communities.


Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, and Traverse.


Alicia Bauman

Northwest District Parent Aware Recruiter

I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from North Dakota State University, with a double minor in Business Administration and Public Relations/Advertising. I’ve held various roles within the newspaper industry and most recently was a family child care provider for six years. There was nothing better than being able to be home with my two children in their early years. Shortly after becoming licensed, I joined Parent Aware. Without the program’s support, I wouldn’t have been able to access the resources to provide the best early childhood experiences for the kids in my home-based setting.

As a Recruiter for the Northwest District, I hope to be relatable to providers, as I have been there. I understand the day-to-day joys, struggles, and responsibilities a provider is called to do. I hope to assist you with finding the right resources and support to help your program shine and be the best it can be!


Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona.

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Amber English

Southern District Recruiter

As a mom who is passionate about early childhood education and quality child care in Minnesota, I have been working to educate providers, teachers, directors, and other early childhood professionals on Parent Aware for the past five years. I help with everything from the very first thoughts and questions about Parent Aware, all the way to getting programs enrolled and connected with a Quality Coach. My favorite part of the process, of course, is visiting programs and meeting the kiddos. I have a marketing background and work for Child Care Aware of Minnesota’s Southern District through Families First of Minnesota as your local Parent Aware Recruiter.

I believe the availability of quality early childhood programs is essential for community vitality. I am from Southeast Minnesota, and love where I live. I want to do what I can to make this a great place for families, community members, and most of all, for our youngest little learners!

call 507.287.2020 (x1404)

West / Central

Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sherburne, Stearns, Swift, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.

Darala Loch

West/Central Parent Aware Recruiter

Head Start and Public School Pre-Kindergarten Programs


MDE Early Learning

Accredited Child Care Programs


Nikki Lepowsky

Quality Improvement Coordinator

Immersed in the early childhood education field since 2000, I have had the opportunity to support quality for families and children in a variety of roles. I earned my bachelor of science in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota. From teaching in a classroom, leading a team of early childhood educators, or supporting quality and accreditation goals nationally, my goal has been to be purposeful and impactful for the people I serve. I provide email, phone, and in-person technical assistance to accredited child care programs pursuing a Parent Aware rating through the Accelerated and Expedited Pathways to Rating.