Resources

Owning or operating a licensed child care program is the key to accessing resources that support your success. You may be eligible for free or low-cost support provided by our partners.

For more information about available local supports, reach out to a Navigator.

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Parent Aware

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.

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Empower to Educate

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.

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REETAIN Bonuses

REETAIN Bonuses help supplement income for early childhood educators as they work to establish a career in the field. REETAIN Bonuses can be used for program supplies, professional development, or personal expenses.

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T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MINNESOTA is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age care providers increase their levels of education, compensation and commitment to the field by earning college credits and degrees.

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Food Program Resources

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) reimburses family child care homes for a maximum of two meals and one snack, or one meal and two snacks per day per child 12 years of age or younger. To participate, reach out to one of four sponsoring organizations, and they will help you sign up.

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Child Care Services Grants

Child Care Services Grants provide funds to help cover the cost of supplies, equipment, technology, and training. Grant funds are offered annually and are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified child care programs.

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Child Care Assistance Program

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is a state government program administered by local county or tribal governments that provides financial assistance to help families pay for child care.

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First Children's Finance

First Children’s Finance provides business development services to child care programs, including business training, coaching, consultation, technical assistance, and low-interest financing.

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Center for Inclusive Child Care

The Center for Inclusive Child Care offers free relationship-based support, training, modeling, and resources to programs participating in Parent Aware. They offer three types of coaching: inclusion, health and safety, and infant and toddler.