Starting July 1, 2020, Parent Aware Grant amounts will be tiered based on star ratings, and for the first time, programs earning four-star ratings will be eligible for the grants. In addition, programs applying to be re-rated in advance of their current rating expiration will only be eligible if they improve upon their current rating. Learn more about the Parent Aware Grant policy changes, what the new grant amounts will be and what led to the changes, in this Parent Aware Grant policy change overview (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Increase in Parent Aware grants for centers in counties with low Parent Aware participation
As of July 1, 2018, licensed centers in targeted counties that earn or Re-Rate for a One-, Two-, or Three-Star Rating through the Full-Rating Pathway will be eligible for higher Parent Aware grants to support quality improvement. This policy change was made to increase the availability of Rated child care programs for families in the parts of Minnesota where participation in Parent Aware is still low. The higher grant amount will be available through June 30, 2021.
The grant amount for licensed centers increased from $2,500 to $3,500 for programs in the following targeted counties:
Region 1 Kittson, Red Lake, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk
Region 2 Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen
Region 3 Aitkin, Carlton, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Region 4 Becker, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Traverse, Wilkin
Region 5 Cass, Crow Wing, Todd, Wadena
Region 6E Kandiyohi, Renville
Region 6W Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift, Yellow Medicine
Region 7E Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Pine
Region 7W Benton, Stearns
Region 8 Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock
Region 9 Blue Earth, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
Region 10 Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Rice, Steele
Region 11 Ramsey
Reports and fact sheets from the Minnesota Department of Human Services about Parent Aware, Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System:
Minnesota’s Knowledge and Competency Framework for Early Childhood Educators explains what those in the early childhood workforce should know and be able to do. A series of documents about the framework is available at Minnesota Department of Education's website.