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We are actively seeking new and experienced trainers to help support early educators in Minnesota.


Become a Child Care Aware of Minnesota Trainer

Do you have a background in early education? Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with others in the field? Are you available evenings and weekends? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be interested in training for Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

We welcome everyone with a passion for supporting early childhood educators engaging in professional development opportunities. Whether you are new to training or have been facilitating learning communities for decades, we are here to support you.

To learn more about training for Child Care Aware of Minnesota, including how to become an approved trainer, contact us at


Child Care Aware of Minnesota plans, coordinates, and promotes training events allowing you to focus on what’s most important – connecting and building relationships with educators. Our trainers enjoy many benefits, including:

  • Competitive pay and mileage reimbursement
  • Overnight accommodations reimbursement when necessary
  • Marketing and advertising support
  • Access to resources and professional networking opportunities
  • Assistance with event management, such as scheduling, securing venues, processing participant registration, tracking attendance, and other logistics, to allow you more time to focus on providing learning experiences that matter

Quality training depends on knowledgeable trainers who implement effective and responsive practices for teaching adult learners. To train for Child Care Aware of Minnesota, you must:


How can I become a trainer if I have not yet reached a Career Lattice Step 6?

Connect with the TARSS Trainer Academy to begin working toward the minimum trainer level requirements.


Once I become an approved trainer, who do I contact?

Email or reach out to your local Professional Development Coordinator to become a part of our training community.


Can I develop my own training and offer it through Child Care Aware of Minnesota?

Yes, approved course writers can submit courses for approval through Achieve – MNCPD and can work with Child Care Aware of Minnesota to schedule approved courses. Review the course writer requirements and course approval guide at Achieve – MNCPD for more information.


How can I become approved to train state-owned courses and curriculum?

Once you are an Achieve-MNCPD approved trainer, you are eligible to participate in Training of Trainers (TOT) events through the Trainer and Relationship-based Professional Development Specialist Support program (TARSS). Learn about upcoming TOT opportunities and other supports for trainers by visiting the TARSS website.


Where can I get help for the trainer or course writing process?

Contact the Develop Help Desk at or 844-605-6938 to ensure your questions are routed to the correct organization.


Trainer Pay

The standard rate of pay is $90 per hour of training.



Agencies will reimburse mileage at the federal rate when you travel more than 30 miles one way or 60 miles for the total trip.