Parent Aware

The purpose of the Parent Aware is to create a quality rating system for child care centers and family child care providers in Minnesota.

To meet this goal, our Quality Rating Observers conduct on-site observations in pilot areas to assess them for quality. Pilot areas include North Minneapolis, St. Paul, Wayzata Public Schools, Blue Earth County, and Nicollet County.

Our observations help determine if child care programs meet the criteria to receive a Parent Aware rating. They also provide child care programs with information about how to improve care and early education for young children.

We also conduct evaluations for Parent Aware by assessing child care centers and homes using the Environmental Rating Scales.


The pilot project is funded by the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation (MELF), through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The evaluation is funded by MELF and Child Trends.

Project staff

Vicki Hawley, CLASS® PD Coordinator

Mary Beth Settergren, ERS Reliability Anchor

Kristina Erstad, CLASS® Reliability Anchor

Ashley Midthun, Quality Rating Observer

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