Starting a Family Child Care Program

Open and Operate Your Child Care Program

Once your program is ready to open, you may need help with marketing. You may also qualify for grants and be interested in becoming Parent Aware Rated.

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The Child Care Aware of Minnesota Program Update Tool is a fast and easy way to update your child care business information so that parents searching for care on can learn about your program. In just a few short minutes, you can update your hours of operation, ages served and rate information. You can also promote your current openings by age group.


Marketing to Families

Letting families know about your program is important. There are courses on Develop that can help you develop marketing skills.

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Ongoing Support

Learn more about grant and scholarship programs offered to family child care programs through Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

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Parent Aware Rating

When you volunteer to participate in Parent Aware, you go above and beyond basic health and safety requirements and use best practices to support child development. There is no cost to join Parent Aware.