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Parent Aware A Quality Rating System. What is Parent Aware? Voluntary Rating Tool Identifies, recognize, and celebrates quality in early education Designed.

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1 Parent Aware A Quality Rating System

2 What is Parent Aware? Voluntary Rating Tool Identifies, recognize, and celebrates quality in early education Designed by professional, child care providers and parents

3 Pilot Program Parent Aware began as a privately funded pilot project in July of 2007 Purpose: to address the fact that in Minnesota, today nearly half of children arrive at kindergarten underprepared.

4 Pilot Program Included: o Licensed child care providers (center and home based) o Early educators Locations: o Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties o City of St. Paul o Areas of North Minneapolis o Areas of Wayzata

5 Expansion Minnesota Received: Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT- ELC) “The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge takes a holistic approach to early education, promotes innovation, and focuses on what it takes to help put young children on the path of learning, opportunity, and success.” Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

6 Expansion RTT-ELC Grant Key o Aligning and raising standards for existing early learning and development programs o Improving training and support for the early learning workforce through evidence-based practices o Building robust evaluation systems that promote effective practices and programs to help parents make informed decisions.

7 Expansion Expansion: Starts in 2012 Continues to add counties each year Entire state by 2015

8 Mission Parent Aware wants all Minnesota children to be ready for kindergarten How: By providing free, research- based tools, and resources that help parents ask important questions and make informed choices about high quality early learning opportunities

9 Partners Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Early Learning Foundation Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network Minnesota Department of Education Child Trends University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Education and Development Wilder Research United Way

10 Why Participate Parent Aware: feature=player_embedded&v=dG sygtL7FJc feature=player_embedded&v=dG sygtL7FJc

11 Process Visit: Contact: Child Care Resource and Referral Agency at Attend: Information meeting and Orientation Meeting Receive: Coaching, training, rating, marketing tools

12 Process Accelerated Process if Accredited Accreditations that are eligible for Four Stars Earned: o The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) o The Council on Accreditation (COA) o The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) o The American Montessori Society (AMS) o The Association Montessori International (AMI)

13 Components Points awarded in the following areas: Learning environment and curriculum Adult/child interaction Staff/provider education Tracking child progress (assessment) Children’s health and safety Family partnerships

14 Components Learning environment and curriculum o Use a curriculum aligned with the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress or Birth-3 Indicators of Progress in all classrooms o Full list of aligned curricula listed on website for Infant - Toddler and Prekindergarten

15 Components Common aligned curricula o Bank Street Developmental Interaction Approach o Creative Curriculum Family Child Care Preschool Infants, Toddlers, and Twos o The High Scope Preschool Curriculum Infant/Toddler Curriculum o Montessori

16 Components Adult/child interaction o Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) o Goal of CLASS Positive Climate Concept Development

17 Components Tracking child progress (Assessment) Conducted at lease twice a year Assess all areas of the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress or Birth-3 Indicators of Progress in all classrooms Aligned assessment available of website

18 Components Common aligned assessments o High/Scope Infant-Toddler Child Observation Record Preschool Child o Observation Record o The Ounce Scale o Teaching Strategies-Gold Assessment o Work Sampling System

19 Components Staff/provider education Educational level Special trainings o Health and Wellness o Special needs children o Developmental areas o Cultures and socioeconomic levels differences

20 Components Children’s health and safety Examples: Supporting families needs in areas of medical assistance Public health services Consultants

21 Components Family Partnerships o Child Care Assistance Program o Minnesota Family Investment Program o Medical assistance o Public health services o Bridge to Benefits – https//mn.bridgetobenefits.org

22 Trainings Minnesota Center for Professional Development o Provides trainings o Tracks progress of each professional o Website:


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