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Metro

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

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.

Northeast

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.

Northwest

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.

Marianne Smith

Parent Aware Recruiter

I’ve fought to have young children be supported and included in my previous work as an early childhood special education teacher. Good practices are beneficial for all children. Let’s work together to provide high-quality care for all children in Northwest Minnesota!

Southern

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.

Misty Barber

Parent Aware Recruiter

Head Start and Public School Pre-Kindergarten Programs

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MDE Early Learning

Accredited Child Care Programs

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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.