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Department expanding availability of child care provider grants

3/12/2020 12:49:11 PM

Starting this summer, significant policy changes will expand eligibility and amounts for grants issued through Parent Aware, Minnesota’s quality rating and improvement system for child care and early education providers. The new policies will also strengthen the incentive for providers to improve their programs.

Parent Aware provides quality ratings to child care and early education programs based on a one- to four-star scale. Previously, Parent Aware Grants were only available to providers who had one-, two- or three-star ratings. Under the new policy, four-star rated providers will be eligible to earn Parent Aware Grants for the first time.

In addition, Parent Aware Grant amounts will now be tiered based on a provider’s star rating, and providers who request to be re-rated in advance of their current rating expiration will only be eligible for grants if they earn a higher star rating level than they currently have. The policy changes take effect July 1, 2020, and the first grants affected will be those issued in January 2021.

As of December 2019, 2,872 child care and early education programs had Parent Aware ratings.

Learn more about the policy changes, including the new tiered grant amounts and the reasoning for the changes, in this Parent Aware Grants policy changes overview (PDF).

Learn more about Parent Aware at

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