Want to make a difference, work from home, own your own business, & care for your own children while earning extra income? Become a licensed daycare provider! Start up grants may be available. Read below for details on becoming a licensed daycare provide or contact Joanna for more information at 218-634-2642.

Why is it important to license child care?

Parents who use child care entrust their children to a care provider for many hours each day. Licensing child care helps protect the health and safety of children by requiring that providers meet minimum standards for care and physical environment.

How do child care centers differ from other child care?

In Minnesota, licensed child care is provided through either family child care or child care centers. Family child care is generally provided in the caregiver’s home and no more than 14 children can be cared for at any one time. A child care center, generally, is characterized by a location other than the provider’s or caregiver’s residence, larger numbers of children being cared for, and staff qualification and training requirements.

Scholarships from Child Care Aware:

Training Reimbursement Scholarships
 Child Care Aware of Minnesota offers scholarships for up to $300 that allow child care providers to take approved* training that meets CDA requirements. Please note: If you are taking the Minnesota Child Care Credential, you are not eligible for the training scholarship.

Turn to them for help with:
• Supplies and equipment grants
• Funding for training and professional development opportunities

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. (Retaining Early Educators Through Attaining Incentives Now)

is designed to offer incentives to keep strong, well-trained professionals in the field and working with the same group of children over time.

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. bonuses are awarded annually. The bonuses range from $500 to $3,500 and can be used to cover program or personal expenses. They are intended to improve the child care professionals’ bottom line.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA

is a higher education scholarship program intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their levels of education, compensation, and commitment to the field.

Parent Aware

Parent Aware is a quality rating system that helps Minnesota parents find high-quality child care and early education providers.   It works like this:
• Child care providers volunteer to participate in the program and receive a star rating based on a set of quality measures.
• Star ratings are made available to families to use when they shop for child care.
• Participating providers receive support and coaching to improve their rating and maintain top quality.

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