New training requirements were established by the federal government as part of the most recent reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act. It provides Minnesota's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) with more than $90 million annually. To continue to receive CCAP payments and remain registered with the program, child care and early learning providers must complete the required health and safety training by Sept. 30, 2017. For further information, visit the page, Child Care Assistance Program: 2017 federal training requirements.
Expands access to high quality programs by partnering with local entities to renovate or construct new early learning facilities. Grants are provided under a competitive request for proposals process administered by the department's Office of Economic Opportunity. For more information call 651-431-3808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. Parent Aware rates Minnesota programs on a scale of One- to Four-Stars, allowing families to easily identify the programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Visit ParentAware.org for information on rated programs and earning Parent Aware ratings.
Provides high quality professional development resources for child care and early education professionals across Minnesota. These include training, coaching, consultation and financial support to attain credentials and degrees. To register for courses visit Develop, The Minnesota Quality Improvement & Registry Tool and/or Eager-to-Learn, where online classes are offered through Child Care Aware of Minnesota.