Child Care–Research

This page provides valuable resources for individuals and programs in the early learning and school age care community, as well as reports related to child care quality and the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Resources will be available ongoing. Reports will be available for five years. Contact us to request copies of older reports at dhs.child.care@state.mn.us or call (651) 431-3809.

Resources for the Early Learning and School Age Care Community

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

· Early Learning Guidelines for Birth to 3 (PDF)

· Indicators of Progress for Children 3 to 5 (PDF)

· Minnesota’s Early Learning Guidelines for Ages 5 to 12

Minnesota Core Competencies

· Minnesota Core Competencies – Early Childhood

· Minnesota Core Competencies – School Age and Youth Care

· Companion Guide to the MN Core Competencies – Infant and Toddler

Emergency Response Booklet

· Keeping Kids Safe (PDF)

· Minnesota's State Child Care Emergency Plan (PDF)

Child Care Assistance Program Provider Guide

· CCAP Child Care Provider Guide

Reports

Parent Aware Reports

· Diversity of Child Care Programs Participating in Parent Aware (PDF) March 2017

· Parent Aware by the Numbers (PDF) March 2017

· Parent Aware Standards and Indicators (PDF) October 2016

· Parent Aware by the Numbers (PDF) March 2016

· Participation in Parent Aware Ratings Across Minnesota (PDF) March 2016

· Diversity of Child Care Programs Participating in Parent Aware (PDF) March 2016

· Participation in Parent Aware Ratings across Minnesota Report (PDF), April 2015

Legislative Reports

· The Parent Aware Quality Rating and Improvement System: Increasing Accessibility for Families and Early Care and Education Programs, February 2015

· An Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement System, March 2011

· Evaluation of the Minnesota Family, Friend and Neighbor Grant Program, February 2010

· Early Learning Study: Move and Standards, February 2010

Child Care and Early Learning Workforce Development

· Minnesota’s Great Workforce for Early Care and Education 2015 Annual Report (PDF)

· Minnesota’s Great Workforce for Early Care and Education 2014 Annual Report (PDF)

· Minnesota’s Great Workforce for Early Care and Education 2013 Annual Report (PDF)

· The Minnesota Office of Early Learning’s 2012 Great Workforce Annual Report (PDF)

· Child Care Workforce in Minnesota: 2011 Statewide Study of Demographics, Training and Professional Development

· Family Child Care Associations in Minnesota: Report of the 2011 Statewide Survey of Local Associations

· 2010 Annual Report of the Minnesota Professional Development System for Early Childhood and School-age Practitioners

Child Care in Minnesota:Arrangements, Costs and Quality

· Minnesota children in care care (PDF)

· Child Care Use in Minnesota: Report of the 2009 Statewide Household Child Care Survey (PDF)

· Highlights from the 2009 Statewide Household Child Care Survey (PDF)

Child Care Market Surveys and Provider Prices

· Results of the 2014 Child Care Market Rate Survey

· Results of the 2012 Child Care Market Rate Survey

· Alternate Methods for Minnesota's Market Rate Study of Child Care Prices

Child Care Assistance Program, Family and Provider Facts and Figures

· Child Care Assistance Program Family Profile

· Child Care Assistance Program Fact Sheet

Minnesota’s Child Care Policy Research Partnership

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is participating in a child care policy research partnership with Child Trends and the researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Applied Economics and College of Education & Human Development to learn about how parents make child care choices and examine the continuity of child care through child care assistance program (CCAP) administrative data. Read a description of the Maryland-Minnesota Partnership and find out what has been learned so far.

Minnesota School Readiness Report Card

The School Readiness Report Card was developed to monitor the state’s progress toward the goal that all children are ready for kindergarten by the year 2020. It consists of six fact sheets that include indicators of progress for both systems and child outcomes. Together, the fact sheets provide a picture of Minnesota children under age six. Trends are examined in the early childhood population, early care and education, health and development, and family support. Find out more about the development of the school readiness report card indicators or to review the six fact sheets.

Parent Aware Evaluation

The Minnesota Department of Human Services partners with Parent Aware for School Readiness and Child Trends to evaluate Parent Aware, Minnesota’s rating tool for selecting high quality child care and early education. See recent research by Child Trends to learn more.

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