Brief Mental Health Consultation

Early Educators:

  • Are you providing licensed childcare for children whose parents are essential workers?
  • Is the stress of the pandemic impacting your well-being, your family, your business and the children in your care?
  • Would you like support?

Mental Health Consultation focuses on building adult capacity to support children’s social-emotional development and includes a combination of training, supported skill building, active listening, exploration of the childcare provider’s/teacher’s attitudes and beliefs about situations, and problem solving.

The service is provided by licensed mental health professionals throughout Minnesota who have training and expertise in early childhood development, early childhood mental health, family systems and consultation.

During the pandemic, five sessions of 1-2 hour duration are offered to any licensed childcare sites. To participate beyond five hours, a childcare site must be enrolled (or become enrolled) in Parent Aware. Consultations can be Video or Telephone, and can be scheduled at any mutually agreed upon time. There is no cost for this service.
To sign up for Brief Mental Health Consultation, email Provide your name and license number.

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.