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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 county and contact information below. You can also call our statewide hotline at 888.291.9811.

Are you Native American child care program or program caring for Native American children? Please contact Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC) at 218.335.8381 or


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Coordinating Office Contacts

Executive Director
Ann McCully
651.290.9704 ext. 115

Director of Operations
Calahena Merrick
651.290.9704 ext. 124

Director of Programs
Nou Thao
651.290.9704 ext. 125


Director of Workforce Development
Erika Riesinger
651.290.9704 ext. 142

Eager-to-Learn/Anytime Learning Program Coordinator
Michaela Banczak
651.290.9704 ext. 134

Workforce Development Coordinator
Brianne Leibham
651.290.9704 ext. 261

Eager to Learn Program Coordinator
Samira Mohamud
651.290.9704 ext. 145

Online Learning Manager
Marissa Albritton

Professional Development Systems Lead Coordinator
Kateri Skunes

Workforce Development Advisor
Chelssi Klein
651.290.9704 ext. 135

Eager-to-Learn Customer Support Coordinator
Tara Woznicki

Professional Development Specialist
Kiara Ortiz
651.290.9704 ext. 127

Workforce Advising Coordinator
Matthew Bozada
651.290-9704 ext. 144


Financial Supports Department Director 
Valerie Peterson
651.290.9704 ext. 107

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Coordinator
Nghia Lee Vang
651.290.9704 ext. 106

Grants & Scholarship Coordinator
(Stabilization Grants)

Kimberly Giertz
651.290.9704 ext. 110

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Manager
Erin Young
651.290.9704 ext. 200

Grants & Scholarship Coordinator
(CDA Awards and Foreign Credential Evaluation Scholarship, District Grant Administrator Support)

Janet Peterson
651.290.9704 ext. 123

Grants & Scholarships Coordinator
(REETAIN Bonus and Stabilization Grants)

Mai Na Vang
651.290.9704 ext. 129


Quality Improvement Manager
Katie Hoffman
651.290.9704 ext. 108

Professional Development Advisor
Katherine Budinsky
651.290.9704 ext. 138

Parent Aware Rater
Leah Rudeen

Quality Improvement Coordinator
Melissa Slapnicher
651.290.9704 ext. 103

Rating Team Manager
Emily Seibel
651.290.9704 ext. 133

Quality Improvement Coordinator
Nikki Lepowsky
651.290.9704 ext. 116

Parent Aware Rater
Karina Zumba


Child Care Information Manager
Jen Goinz
651-290-9704 ext. 120

Child Care Information Services Specialist
Vanessa Carrasco Berliz

Database Systems Coordinator
Anna Mahan-Miller
651-290-9704 ext. 121

Equity & Advocacy Coordinator
Nicolette Graf
651.290.9704 ext. 114

Technical Support Coordinator
Kendrick Phan
651.290.9704 ext. 139

Child Care Information Services Engagement Coordinator
AnnaMarie Schluender
651-290-9704 ext. 260

Communications Director
Diane Benjamin
651-290-9704 ext. 112

Communications Specialist
Carly Hawley
651-290-9704 ext. 117

Capacity Building Coordinator
Matt Carlson
651-290-9704 ext. 128

Child Care Information Outreach Coordinator
Debra Spaeth
651-290-9704 ext. 266

Communications Coordinator
Courtney Bokovoy
651-290-9704 ext. 119

Accounting Clerk 
Andrew Wesseh
651-290-9704 ext. 143

Assistance Network Coordinator
Kinutta Taylor
651-290-9704 ext. 140