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Metro District

Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington

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Alicia Bauman

Metro Recruiter

I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from North Dakota State University, with a double minor in Business Administration and Public Relations/Advertising. I’ve held various roles within the newspaper industry and most recently was a family child care provider for six years. There was nothing better than being able to be home with my two children in their early years. Shortly after becoming licensed, I joined Parent Aware. Without the program’s support, I wouldn’t have been able to access the resources to provide the best early childhood experiences for the kids in my home-based setting.

As a Recruiter for the Northwest District, I hope to be relatable to providers, as I have been there. I understand the day-to-day joys, struggles, and responsibilities a provider is called to do. I hope to assist you with finding the right resources and support to help your program shine and be the best it can be!

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Karen Bratland

360 Communities

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Christy Stroud

Scott Carver CAP

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Think Small Navigators (English, Spanish, Hmong)

Think Small

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Tara Hallberg

Pine Technical

Tara.Hallberg@pine.edu

888.986.8207

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Pine Tech Navigators

Pine Technical

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Michelle Mahoney

Mahube-Otwa CAP

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Tara Hallberg

Pine Technical

Northwest District

Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin

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Trista Cardinal

Northwest District Recruiter

I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from North Dakota State University, with a double minor in Business Administration and Public Relations/Advertising. I’ve held various roles within the newspaper industry and most recently was a family child care provider for six years. There was nothing better than being able to be home with my two children in their early years. Shortly after becoming licensed, I joined Parent Aware. Without the program’s support, I wouldn’t have been able to access the resources to provide the best early childhood experiences for the kids in my home-based setting.

As a Recruiter for the Northwest District, I hope to be relatable to providers, as I have been there. I understand the day-to-day joys, struggles, and responsibilities a provider is called to do. I hope to assist you with finding the right resources and support to help your program shine and be the best it can be!

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Trista Cardinal

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council

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Natasha Stengrim

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council

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Sarah Holler

Mahube-Otwa CAP

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Dawn Block

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership

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Sadiyo Osman (English, Somali, Arabic)

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership

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Dawn Block

Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership

Sourthern District

Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, Winona

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Victoria Breiter

Southern District Recruiter

I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from North Dakota State University, with a double minor in Business Administration and Public Relations/Advertising. I’ve held various roles within the newspaper industry and most recently was a family child care provider for six years. There was nothing better than being able to be home with my two children in their early years. Shortly after becoming licensed, I joined Parent Aware. Without the program’s support, I wouldn’t have been able to access the resources to provide the best early childhood experiences for the kids in my home-based setting.

As a Recruiter for the Northwest District, I hope to be relatable to providers, as I have been there. I understand the day-to-day joys, struggles, and responsibilities a provider is called to do. I hope to assist you with finding the right resources and support to help your program shine and be the best it can be!

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Victoria Breiter

Families First of Minnesota

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Gwen Lynch

Families First of Minnesota

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Jackie Prescher

Families First of Minnesota

West/Central District

Benton, Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sherburne, Stearns, Swift, Wright, Yellow Medicine

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Sue Thomas

West/Central District Recruiter

I received my bachelor’s degree in Journalism from North Dakota State University, with a double minor in Business Administration and Public Relations/Advertising. I’ve held various roles within the newspaper industry and most recently was a family child care provider for six years. There was nothing better than being able to be home with my two children in their early years. Shortly after becoming licensed, I joined Parent Aware. Without the program’s support, I wouldn’t have been able to access the resources to provide the best early childhood experiences for the kids in my home-based setting.

As a Recruiter for the Northwest District, I hope to be relatable to providers, as I have been there. I understand the day-to-day joys, struggles, and responsibilities a provider is called to do. I hope to assist you with finding the right resources and support to help your program shine and be the best it can be!

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Tanna Stucky

United CAP

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Marge Knudson

Prairie Five Community Action

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Milestones Navigators (English, Somali)

Milestones

SMOC Navigators

Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council

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Michele Fredrickson

MNTRECC