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Parent Aware offers free tools and resources to help families find the quality child care and early education programs their children need to succeed in school and life.

Accurate Information for Families

Child Care Aware of Minnesota delivers important resources and referrals directly to families through our Parent Aware online and phone services. With funding and information support from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), we offer the most accurate and comprehensive child care program information in Minnesota – at no cost to families.

Searching for Child Care

Use our free online search tool to choose from more than 12,000 licensed child care and early education programs in Minnesota. Adjust criteria like location, hours of operation, and ages served (0-12) to get customized results based on your needs. Licensed programs can also share current openings and rates to help simplify your search.

Call our statewide hotline at 888.291.9811 or use the chat feature on our website to speak with a Parent Services Specialist for a personalized consultation. Our trusted staff, with years of child care experience, can help answer your questions, narrow down your search, and guide you to other valuable resources.

Helpful Guides and Resources

Our Parent Toolkit offers important interview questions and tips to consider as you visit child care programs. After you’ve selected a program, use the Toolkit for ideas to stay involved and engaged with your child’s provider. You can download and request a free copy of the Parent Toolkit - which is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Parent Aware is also home to several helpful guides to help you make more informed child care decisions. We cover important topics like different types of care and education, health and safety, and licensing.