Several early learning professionals have earned a star rating with Parent Aware, Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System, according to a press release. They include Heather Bjorgaard, Linda Caron, Laura Christman, Jean Myrum, Northern Adventures Childcare, Kendrah Platow, Emily Skoog and Kayla Smith.

When family based, center-based and school-based early childhood care and education programs volunteer to participate in Parent Aware, they go above and beyond the basic health and safety requirements set by licensing, the press release said.