Parent Aware


Exciting news! Precious Little Blessings Daycare is 3 star parent aware rated!

Up to 90% of the brain develops by age five, making the early years a critical time in your child’s life.

Too many of Minnesota’s children are not prepared for kindergarten. Parent Aware gives you the tools and information to find the best quality child care and early education for your child. Based on research, Star Ratings help families identify programs using the practices that best prepare children for kindergarten.

Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. Parent Aware is a search partner. We work side-by-side with families, offering free tools and resources to help them make informed choices about high-quality care and education opportunities.

One way we do that is through Parent Aware Star Ratings. Our One- to Four-Star Ratings allow families to easily identify child care and early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Programs who volunteer to be Rated are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have:

  • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
  • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn

Featured Guides to Child Care and Early Learning

For resources about Parent Aware go to:

Listed below are some of the resources available.

  • iconParent Toolkit
    You know your child. We know child care and early learning. Use this toolkit to help you find the right place for your child. Parent Toolkit
  • iconChecklist: Narrowing down your search
    You’ve used the online search or called Parent Aware and have a list of programs. Now what? Use the Choosing Care Checklist to guide the next steps of your search. Choosing Care Checklist
  • iconCounting the stars
    No two stars are the same. Each Star Rating builds on the next, helping families identify programs preparing their kids to shine. Stars Defined
  • iconWhat’s your type?
    When beginning your search for a quality program, it’s helpful to know what types of programs may be most appropriate for your child. We’ve outlined the basics. Types of Care & Education
  • iconFood and Nutrition Programs
    Keeping your family fed is important. These programs may be able to help you keep your family healthy. Food and Nutrition Programs
  • iconLow-income support
    There are several programs that offer resources for families struggling to meet basic home and employment needs. Low-Income Assistance
  • iconCovering health care expenses
    Need help covering medical and health care costs? These programs might be able to help. Medical and Health Programs
  • iconHousing assistance
    Need help meeting your housing and other daily needs? These services offer child care, nutrition, housing, and income support Homelessness and Housing Assistance
  • iconHealth and Safety and Licensing
    Licensing helps ensure that child care and early education programs are meeting basic health and safety standards. Health & Safety in Licensed Child Care Programs
  • iconMore Statewide Resources
    Services are available to make a child’s early beginnings the best beginnings. Early learning and care resources and support are in place to help all children succeed in school and life. More Statewide Resources