Minnesota is once again surveying all licensed child care providers to collect important information that influences statewide policies and program supports, including child care assistance rates. Please help us by participating! Click here for more information

Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating System (QRS), is planned as a voluntary system of support, recognition and financial incentives for quality for participating licensed family child care providers, centers, Head Start and school-age care programs. Parent Aware will also provide parents with specific quality indicators in the form of program ratings to help them make choices for their children’s care and education.

First Children’s Finance helps children, families and communities thrive by increasing the availability, affordability and quality of early care and education. We accomplish this by providing financial and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families, and building partnerships that connect these vital businesses with the resources of the public and private sectors. We believe access to high-quality early care and education is essential for all communities, because human capital development is the foundation of individual success and the engine of regional economic growth.