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Parent Aware Program

Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. The educational experiences children have during the first five years of life will shape the adults they become, making it especially important for all children to have access to quality care and education.

Parent Aware offers free tools and resources to help families find quality child care and early education programs in their communities. It also supports child care and early education programs in improving their program’s quality and earning a Parent Aware Star Rating. 

Are you looking for quality child care?   Visit Parent Aware's website for families.
Are you a child care provider ?  Visit Parent Aware's website for providers.

No English? For Lus Hmoob/Hmong, Af Soomaali/Somali or Espanol/Spanish, call 888-291-9811. 

Parent Aware Star Ratings

The Parent Aware One-to-Four-Star Ratings combine years of early childhood development research to provide an objective assessment of quality that improves education outcomes for children. The Ratings measure if and how child care and early learning professionals are using best practices. Learn more about Star Ratings on Parent Aware’s website.

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More about Parent Aware

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Parent Aware is led by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Development Services (DHS), in coordination with the Minnesota Departments of Education and Health. Local Child Care Aware agencies, comprising Minnesota’s child care resource and referral system, provide support for Parent Aware in all counties and Tribes in Minnesota. Parent Aware offers tools and resources to help families find quality child care and early education, help programs improve their practices, and help children benefit from care and education that will prepare them for school and life. The state is directed to provide a quality rating and improvement system under Sec. 124D.142 MN Statutes

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