Bringing Up What Matters Most

For more than 25 years, Child Care Aware of Minnesota has helped families find child care, supported the professional growth of child care providers, and informed our local communities on the importance of quality early education for every child.

Through our services, resources, and partnerships, we're working toward building a diverse child care system that's accessible to all Minnesota families.


The mission of Child Care Aware of Minnesota is to provide statewide leadership in shaping collaborations that build a diverse, high-quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families through local Child Care Aware services.

Core Values


Child Care Aware of Minnesota is an agency that partners well with others. We recognize the strengths of others, share information openly and proactively, and respect diverse thoughts and approaches. We care intensely about the success of the Child Care Aware system and those with whom we collaborate.



Child Care Aware of Minnesota operates honestly, ethically, and with the highest degree of professionalism. Our actions are consistent with our words. We respect our profession, our team members, and our partners. We are known as sensitive, supportive colleagues who have the courage to do what is right even when it is difficult. We honor and learn from differences in thinking and approaches that are new to us.



Child Care Aware of Minnesota places a strong emphasis on mutual respect, flexibility, accountability, and individual empowerment within the work environment. We strive to build an atmosphere of openness and trust. We believe that empowered workers are mission-focused, productive, and dedicated.



We value diversity of all people and ideas. We are committed to creating an inclusive cultural environment that is respectful, open, and honest. Our work within the early childhood care and education field will continually reflect our commitment to this value.


Wendy Walburg
Board Chair
District Coordinator, Child Care Aware – Pine Technical College


Phyllis Sloan
Board Vice Chair
Executive Director, La Creche Early Childhood Centers, Inc.

Marlene Jehnke
Board Treasurer
Early Learning Scholarship Administrator, Families First


Lanay Miller
Board Secretary
Chisago County Human Services

Marcia Schlattman
Program Manager, Milestones


Nedra Robinson
Early Childhood Specialist, Simpson Housing


Mike Huber
Early Childhood Education Supervisor, St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development


Hannah Riddle de Rojas
Founder, SolBe Learning


JoAnn Johnson
Professor and Chair CFS, St. Cloud State University


Liz Kuoppala
Executive Director, Mahube-OTWA

Becky Littlewolf
Child Care Services Program Manager, Leech Lake Child Care


Laurel Wills
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician


Jodi Wambeke
Early Childhood Manager
Jefferson Learning Center - Willmar


Mary Fletcher
Director of Early Education


Tammy Oveson
Licensed Family Child Care Provider



Financial Statements