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Program Listing FAQs

Answers to common questions we receive from programs about their listings and how to make updates. Why doesn’t my program appear in the search results when I enter my city and/or zip code? We use Google Maps to locate and display programs in the search results. If you only enter a city or zip code,…

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Paying for Care Checklist

Highlighting tips and resources to help families access quality programs Plan ahead. Finding resources to help pay for quality child care can take some time. Some financial aid programs have waiting lists. Use a screening tool. Use this free Financial Aid Screening Tool to find out if your family is eligible for financial help. If the screening…

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Choosing Care Checklist

This basic step-by-step guide outlines a path to successfully find a program for your child. Begin Your Search Use our free online search tool to choose from more than 12,000 licensed child care and early education programs in Minnesota. Personalized help is available by calling 888.291.9811 or by using the website’s chat feature. Reach Out…

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Transition Checklist

Use this guide to ease the transition into a new child care routine. Talk with Your Child Talk with your child about the new program. Tell them about activities and toys you saw, or the caregivers and kids you met during a visit. For some children, engaging in playacting about going to the new program…

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Staying Involved Checklist

After selecting a program, it’s smart for families to stay involved in their child’s care. Make Unexpected Visits Programs should welcome parent visits at any time, but keep in mind that certain times of the day are very busy. Take Your Time When dropping off or picking up your child, make time to occasionally stay…

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Assessing Quality Checklist

Find quality care and early education by asking quality questions. Use this list of indicators to develop questions for each program you visit. Caring A close, positive relationship exists between children and their provider/early educator. A caring relationship is the foundation of good care. The adult should be consistent, kind, and patient. Look for someone…

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Early Childhood Growth and Development

These resources support young children’s growth and development. Early Childhood Screening Early Childhood Screening is a quick and simple way to check how your 3 to 5 year-old is growing, learning, and developing. Screenings are free and can help detect possible health or learning problems so that children can get help they need before starting kindergarten.…

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Intermediary Training Module Helping Parents and Families Find Child Care ParentAware.org | 888.291.9811 1 of 21 Helping Parents and Families Find Child Care Contents About Parent Aware Your Role In The Child Care Search Child Care and Early Education Play A Vital Role In Child Development Financial Support Is Available Types Of Care And Education…

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My Coaching Story

“That’s a success story, the most amazing success story for me, personally, right now.” Veronica Oliva-Clour, Family Child Care Business Owner and Parent Aware Rated program, Sauk Rapids, MN Ongoing professional development and quality improvement in early care and education is hard work, but so important to the developing child and their lifelong success. Research…

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Understanding Licensing Records

Reviewing licensing or certification information is one way to find out if a licensed or certified child care center is meeting health and safety requirements The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) lists details about each licensed and certified child care program on its website. Families may access a program’s licensing or certification record by…

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