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Full-Rating Training Requirements

Your guide to training requirements at each Star-Level in the Full-Rating Pathway. Lead teachers and providers need to have the appropriate hours of training, coaching, consultation, or mentoring in the Knowledge and Competency Framework (KCF) Content Areas outlined below. Requirements are listed by Star-Level. Your Professional Development Advisor (PDA) will help ensure you are meeting…

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Standards and Indicators FAQs

Parent Aware introduced new Standards and Indicators for participating child care providers, effective July 1, 2017. Here’s a list of frequent questions we’ve received about the updates. If you have any additional questions, contact your Quality Coach. If you haven’t been assigned a Quality Coach, please contact your local recruiter to get started. You can download the full list…

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Accelerated Pathway Applications – Public School Pre-K

The Accelerated Pathway for Public School Prekindergarten programs. An Accelerated Pathway is available to all eligible public school prekindergarten programs that meet Minnesota statutes 124D.15 program and supervision requirements. All sites that would like to be considered for a Rating under the Accelerated Pathway must meet the requirements, including extended day or wrap around child…

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Accelerated Pathway FAQs

Answers to common questions about the Accelerated Pathway. The Accelerated Pathway allows licensed accredited child care, public school-based prekindergarten programs, and license-exempt charter school early learning programs officially recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education to use a streamlined process to earn a Four-Star Rating. This option is available because the requirements for accreditation and…

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Full-Rating Best Practices

Learn about best practices for each Star-Level in the Full-Rating Pathway. These are the kindergarten-readiness best practices, also known as Standards and Indicators, that must be demonstrated to receive each Star Rating. Lead Providers and Lead Teachers must also meet the required number of approved training hours every five years. Programs should talk with their…

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Update Tool Instructions

Activate Your Account The first time you go to the Update Tool, click ‘Activate Account.’ Enter the email address on file with Child Care Aware of Minnesota and your State-issued License ID number or Certification Number. Only enter the numbers in front of the hyphen. If you don’t have an email address on file or…

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Program Accreditations

Programs earn accreditation through a number of national organizations Like a Parent Aware Rating, being accredited demonstrates a program’s commitment to providing quality care and education for children. Parent Aware Ratings help families identify child care and early education programs that are going beyond health and safety standards to prepare children for school and life.…

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Tips for Accredited Child Care Accelerated Pathway Programs

How do I remain eligible for the Accelerated Pathway? Maintain an active license in good standing with a tribal government or the Minnesota Department of Human Services with none of the following licensing violations: conditional license, suspension, temporary immediate suspension, revocation, or maltreatment finding within the last year. Child care centers are only impacted by…

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Tips for Fully-Rated Programs

What do I need to do to maintain my program’s Rating? Have an active license with the Minnesota Department of Human Services with none of the following licensing violations: conditional license, suspension, temporary immediate suspension, revocation, or maltreatment determination within the last year. Child care centers are only impacted by facility-responsible maltreatment determinations. Or, for…

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Full-Rating Resources

Resources for programs taking the Full-Rating Pathway. The forms, samples, policies, and resources below help licensed family child care and center-based programs taking the Full-Rating Pathway. Contact your Quality Coach if you have any questions about the Rating process or these forms. If you haven’t joined Parent Aware and don’t have a Coach, go to…

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