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A list of our early education partners and the resources they offer for child care programs and educators.

Partnerships that Benefit Programs

Child Care Aware of Minnesota partners with many organizations to help support child care programs across the state. You or your program may be eligible for free or low-cost support provided by these partners:


Achieve, the Minnesota Center for Professional Development |

Helps child care and early education professionals document and plan for their training and professional development. Services include:

  • Help applying for an Individual Membership, creating a Learning Record, and receiving a Career Lattice Step using Develop
  • Help applying to become an approved trainer, coach, consultant, or mentor
  • Virtual career guide to assess skills and identify career options
  • Job board listing available opportunities in the childhood care and education field

Center for Inclusive Child Care

Offers free relationship-based support, training, modeling, and resources. There are three types of coaching offered:

  • Inclusion: support for providers as they seek to meet the individual needs of children through strategies, modeling, and support
  • Health and safety: learn about best practices and new illness and accident prevention policies
  • Infant and toddler: find new activities, routines, and materials for serving infants and toddlers

Center for Early Education and Development

Offers the following services and supports:

  • Observations and scoring with the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®)
  • Supports for Parent Aware CLASS® Coaches
  • Training on child assessment and CLASS® Observation (Infant, Toddler, Pre-k, and K-3 versions)
  • Training on the domains in the CLASS® Observation Tool: Instructional Support, Classroom Organization and Emotional Support
  • Training on an overview of the CLASS® Observation Tool
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Child Care Assistance Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

A state government program administered by local county or tribal governments that:



An online toolbox with two main components: Parent Aware and Professional Development.

Use it to:

  • Search and register for training and track professional development activities
  • Apply for an Individual Membership and establish a Career Lattice Step
  • Apply for and submit documentation to earn a Parent Aware Rating
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Early Learning Scholarships Program, Minnesota Department of Education

A state government program administered by area administrators, and for Pathway II scholarships administered directly by Parent Aware Four-Star Rated Programs, that:


First Children’s Finance |

Provides business development services, including:

  • Business training, coaching, consultation, and technical assistance
  • Business leadership cohorts
  • Low-interest financing to child care businesses

Lead & Care|

An association of family child care professionals that provides:

  • Professional development, including leadership opportunities and course offerings
  • Business and licensing support
  • Public policy advocacy resources
  • Networking opportunities
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Mental Health Consultation Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services

A state government program that offers early childhood mental health consultation to child care providers, teachers, assistants, and directors.

  • Consultation includes a combination of training, reflective consultation, and skill building
  • Free for licensed child care programs
  • Contact your Quality Coach or

Video: Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in Minnesota


Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children |

Supports early childhood and school-age care programs across Minnesota with:

  • Accreditation support services
  • Curriculum and assessment consultation
  • Relationship Based Professional Development (RBPD) on a variety of topics, customizable onsite
  • Professional Development, tailored onsite training, and public offerings
  • Leadership Journey Series for center-based and school-age care leadership/management