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Child Care Aware of Minnesota partner agencies support the professional growth of child care providers and programs. Many local services are delivered by an agency in each Region, and some services are coordinated across multiple regions by one agency in each District.

Find your appropriate District and contact information below. You can also call our statewide hotline at 888.291.9811.

Search by regional district or county:

Please select a regional district or county

Metro District

Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington Counties

Professional Development Support Line:
651.641.3549
PDSupport@thinksmall.org

Professional Development Advisors:
Cheryl Kottke, Think Small
651.233.2260
CKottke@thinksmall.org
(Carver, Dakota, Scott, and Washington Counties)

Kristen Peters, Think Small
651.641.6613
KPeters@thinksmall.org
(Anoka and Ramsey Counties)

Janet Peterson, Think Small
651.366.6787
JPeterson@thinksmall.org
(Hennepin County)

Grant Administrator:
Charlene Nhotsavang, Think Small
651.366.6797
CNhotsavang@thinksmall.org

Parent Aware Recruiter:
Tanisha Lungelow, Think Small
651.233.2297
TLungelow@thinksmall.org

Regional Offices

Our regional offices are the best resources for local providers looking for assistance in variety of areas, including support in the licensing process, program policy and operation, and general questions about child care.

Anoka County

Sydney Lindenfelser, ACCAP
763.783.4881
SLindenfelser@ACCAP.org

 

Scott and Carver Counties

Marie Johnson, Scott Carver CAP
952.420.9824
MJohnson@capagency.org

Dakota County

Mischelle Ulrich, 360 Communities
952.985.4045
MUlrich@360communities.org

 

Washington County

Doreen Jackson, ACCAP
763.783.4891
DJackson@ACCAP.org

Hennepin and Ramsey Counties

Cisa Keller, Think Small
651.641.6635
CKeller@thinksmall.org

and

Dianne Haulsey, Think Small
651.641.6637
DHaulsey@thinksmall.org

Northeast District

Aitkin, Chisago, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena Counties

Training Registration Line:
320.629.5164 or 877.890.5399
ccapd@pine.edu

Professional Development Advisor:
Shelly Kunz, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
320.629.5167
Shelly.Kunz@pine.edu

Grant Administrator:
Sam Sterling, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
320.629.5142
SterlingS@pine.edu

Parent Aware Recruiter:
Balinda Bailey, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
218.729.9425
BaileyB@pine.edu

Regional Offices

Our regional offices are the best resources for local providers looking for assistance in variety of areas, including support in the licensing process, program policy and operation, and general questions about child care.

Region 3 - Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake, Koochiching, and St. Louis Counties

Jennifer Peterson, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
218.729.9405
PetersonJ@pine.edu

and

Erin Shaw, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
218.729.9405
ShawE@pine.edu

Region 5 - Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties

Dana Patsie, Mahube Child Care Aware
218.632.3600
DPatsie@mahube.org

Region 7E - Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties

Wendy Walburg, Pine Tech Child Care Aware
320.629.5146
WalburgW@pine.edu

Northwest District

Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

Professional Development Advisor:
Cherida Even, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership
218.512.1591
CheridaE@lakesandprairies.net

Grant Administrator:
Vanessa Strobel, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership
218.512.1590
VanessaS@lakesandprairies.net

Parent Aware Recruitment:
Marianne Smith, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership
218.512.1590
MarianneS@lakesandprairies.net

Regional Offices

Our regional offices are the best resources for local providers looking for assistance in variety of areas, including support in the licensing process, program policy and operation, and general questions about child care.

Region 1 - Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Counties

Maureen Hams, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council
218.773.5349
MHams@tvoc.org

Region 2 - Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties

Dana Patsie, Mahube Child Care Aware
218.632.3600
DPatsie@mahube.org

Region 4 - Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

Vanessa Strobel, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership
218.299.7037
VanessaS@lakesandprairies.net

Southern District

Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, and Winona Counties

Training Registration Line:
800.462.1660 x 1006

Professional Development Advisor:
Rhonda Olson, Families First of Minnesota
507.287.2020 x 1585
RhondaO@familiesfirstmn.org

Grant Administrator:
Dawn Eckhoff, Families First of Minnesota
507-287-2020 x 1525
DawnE@familiesfirstmn.org

Parent Aware Recruiter:
Amber Sawyer, Families First of Minnesota
507.287.2020 x 1404
AmberS@familiesfirstmn.org

Regional Offices

Our regional offices are the best resources for local providers looking for assistance in variety of areas, including support in the licensing process, program policy and operation, and general questions about child care.

Region 9 - Blue Earth, Brown, Fairbault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watowan Counties

Elizabeth Mangan, Families First of Minnesota
507.287.202 x 1515
ElizabethM@familiesfirstmn.org

Region 10 - Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha, and Winona Counties

Elizabeth Mangan, Families First of Minnesota
507.287.2020 x 1515
ElizabethM@familiesfirstmn.org

West/Central District

Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sherburne, Stearns, Swift, Wright, and Yellow Medicine Counties

Training Registration Line:
320.269.2227 or 877.311.2244
beth.dack@prairiefive.org

Professional Development Advisor:
Diane Sjelin, Prairie 5 Child Care Aware
763.684.4320
diane.sjelin@prairiefive.org

Professional Development Staff:
Kimberly Giles, Prairie 5 Child Care Aware
320.267.1541
kimberly.giles@prairiefive.org

Grant Administrator:
Misty Barber, Prairie 5 Child Care Aware
800.292.5437
misty.barber@prairiefive.org

Parent Aware Recruiter:
Misty Barber, Prairie 5 Child Care Aware
320.269.8727
misty.barber@prairiefive.org

Regional Offices

Our regional offices are the best resources for local providers looking for assistance in variety of areas, including support in the licensing process, program policy and operation, and general questions about child care.

Region 6E - Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties

Sue Thomes, United Community Action Partnership
320.235.0850 x 616
SueT@unitedcapmn.org

 

Region 6W - Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, and Yellow Medicine Counties

Marge Knudson, Prairie 5 Child Care Aware
320.269.8727
Marge.Knudson@prairiefive.com

Region 7W - Benton, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright Counties

Marcia Schlattman, Milestones
320.251.5081
MSchlattman@milestonesmn.org

Region 8 - Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock Nobles Counties

Karen DeBoer, Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc.
507.376.4195 x 231
KDeboer@smoc.us

Coordinating Office Contacts
LEADERSHIP

Executive Director
Ann McCully
AnnM@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 115

Associate Director
Karen Fogolin
KarenF@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 110

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Development & Eager-to-Learn Director
Cory Woosley
CoryW@childcareawaremn.org
651.746.4024

Eager-to-Learn Program Specialist
Mara Ackerman
MaraA@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 105

Trainer & RBPD Support Specialist
Matt Evans
MattE@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 111

Anytime Learning Associate
Grace Kintzinger
etlsupport@childcareawaremn.org
651.746.4025

Eager-to-Learn Program Administrator
Tara Woznicki
TaraW@childcareawaremn.org
651.335.6658

Professional Development Systems Coordinator
Kateri Skunes
KateriS@childcareawaremn.org
651.200.5677

Eager-to-Learn Program Coordinator
Brian Wray
BrianW@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 109

Trainer & RBPD Outreach Coordinator
Elsa Carlson
ElsaC@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 111

Workforce Advising Coordinator
Kylie Cooper
KylieC@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 118

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial Supports Director 
Valerie Peterson
ValerieP@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 107

Grants and Scholarships Specialist
Nghia Lee Vang
NghiaV@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 106

Grants and Scholarships Coordinator
Erin Young
ErinY@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 200

T.E.A.C.H. Program Accountant
Denise Kilgore
DeniseK@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 102

QUALITY INITIATIVES

Quality Improvement Manager
Katie Hoffman
KatieH@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 108

Rating Team Manager
Katherine Norton
Katherine.Norton@state.mn.us
651.431.3927

Quality Improvement Specialist
Melissa Slapnicher
MelissaS@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 103

Parent Aware Rater
Rhonda Donnay-Rice
parent.aware@state.mn.us

Quality Improvement Coordinator
Nikki Lepowsky
NikkiL@childcareawaremn.org
651.290.9704 ext. 116

STATEWIDE SUPPORT

Parent Services Specialist
Jen Goinz
JenG@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 120

Data Programs Manager
Angie Bowman
AngieB@childcareawaremn.org
218-998-4047

Digital Programs and Web Developer
Anna Mahan-Miller
AnnaM@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 121

Parent Services Specialist
AnnaMarie Schluender
AnnaMarieS@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 260

Communications Director
Diane Benjamin
DianeB@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 112

Accounting Associate/Professional Development Assistant 
Julie Wasiluk
JulieW@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 100

Parent Services Specialist
Debra Spaeth
DebraS@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 266

Communications Associate
Courtney Bokovoy
CourtneyB@childcareawaremn.org
651-290-9704 ext. 119