Are you interested in a career in child care and early childhood education? With funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Empower to Educate helps current and aspiring early childhood educators advance and sustain their career goals in child care. Our workforce development program offers financial support, free training options, job skills training, job placement support, and mentorship opportunities. Participants also receive ongoing support from a local Workforce Advisor.
Empower to Educate actively promotes equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness according to the Child Care Aware of Minnesota mission statement.

Eligibility Requirements

Empower to Educate Participants must:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Be able to pass a background study
  • Be interested in a career at a licensed or certified child care program in Minnesota
  • Complete and sign an Empower to Educate Participant Agreement Form

Empower to Educate participants are:

  • New to the field educators, people interested in beginning careers at licensed or certified child care center programs or family child care programs
  • Educators recently working in the field, aides, substitutes
  • People with some college-level education but have never worked in the child care or early education field
  • Educators recently working in the field with some professional development and are interested in beginning a career path with additional coursework or training
Angel Cichosz

Workforce Advisor