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Parent Aware Redesign

Parent Aware is Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education programs. In collaboration with diverse communities and statewide partners, the department has actively engaged in efforts to better understand and address inequities to improve Parent Aware. 

The state is in the next phase of this work: gathering additional data. community input and implementing recommendations through the Parent Aware Redesign. This multi-year effort includes multiple projects and centers best practices and racial, cultural, linguistic, ability and geographic equity. 

As we continue this work, there will be many opportunities for partners, child care providers and families to provide feedback. We are assembling a group of ambassadors to help advise and share information on the Parent Aware Redesign. Join us as a Parent Aware Redesign Ambassador to receive email updates on this work. You can email questions to


The Parent Aware Redesign includes several projects. Projects with an * were identified by partners as priority racial equity projects and include those that were recommended in the Parent Aware Racial Equity Action Plan. They include:

Project history

In 2021, the  state engaged in efforts to better understand and address inequities within Parent Aware. As part of this effort, the department collaborated with Parent Aware partners through the  Parent Aware Racial Equity Action Plan workgroup and engaged with hundreds of child care programs across the state to identify and report on barriers and to create a plan for improvement.
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