Parent Aware now accepting applications for 2023
Applications for the January 2023 Parent Aware cohort are now open, allowing child care programs to apply to receive quality ratings.
BEMIDJI — Applications for the January 2023 Parent Aware cohort are now open for child care programs to apply.
Parent Aware is a voluntary quality rating program, with no fee for the early childhood educator, that goes above and beyond what is expected for licensing and allows parents to find top-quality care providers for their children, a release said.
Interested child care providers can apply before Dec. 10 to attend and receive one of four different star ratings. Providers interested in pursuing the full rating receive up to 15 hours of technical assistance, ongoing professional development and advising, and receive a rating that lasts for two years.
Those interested in learning more about this program can register with Northwest District Parent Aware Recruiter Alicia Bauman for an upcoming 30-minute Parent Aware Information Session.
The following times are available:
- 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, via zoom
- 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, via zoom
- 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, via zoom
Grants through the program are also available, $1,000 for those prior to their full rating, and grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 for those fully rated.
“There’s no better time than now to call me and chat about the benefits Parent Aware has to offer for your program,” Bauman said in the release. “Our Quality Coaches and Professional Development Advisors are eager to help make sure you have practices in place.”
With few exceptions, any licensed child care provider is eligible to go through the Parent Aware process and receive a rating.
They receive coaching, training, grants, higher Child Care Assistance reimbursement rates, and the ability to accept Early Learning Scholarships. Over 2,900 programs in Minnesota are rated.
A full list of rated programs is available online at ParentAware.org.