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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.

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, helped over 900 families by phone and chat last year. They can help answer your questions, narrow down your search, and guide you to other valuable resources.

Helpful Guides and Resources

You are the expert when it comes to your child. Our Parent Guide offers steps for choosing care, questions to ask programs, and things to look for as you visit child care programs. It also has additional information about child care and links to useful resources.

You can download or request a free copy of "Finding Child Care: A Guide for Families." This guide is available for download in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, and print copies are available in English and Spanish.

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.