Early Care and Education is one of the most important investments communities can make for the future, ensuring that all children have the best possible start toward a healthy life of learning, achieving, and succeeding.
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MN ECFE 50th Anniversary Celebration

Featuring Jenny Heimark, Child Educator: Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and School Readiness, Detroit Lakes Public SchoolsJenny Heimark, Child Educator, said "I enjoy helping families connect with each other and with resources to support their parenting journeys. I also love providing activities, songs and music and play opportunities for children and their families".

Detroit Lakes ECFE staff Jenny Heimark, Fran Rethwisch, and Jackie Erickson at the recent MN ECFE 50th Anniversary Celebration.
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MNDOH | Licensing help for child care providers

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Licensing Division has a critical role in monitoring and supporting health and safety in approximately 10,600 licensed child care programs in Minnesota. Licensure provides the necessary oversight mechanisms to ensure child care is provided in a healthy and safe environment, provided by qualified people, and can meet the developmental needs of all children in care.

Visit: https://mn.gov/dhs/


Sourcewell is authorized to establish competitively awarded cooperative purchasing contracts on behalf of itself and its participating agencies. Sourcewell follows the competitive contracting law process to solicit, evaluate, and award cooperative purchasing contracts for goods and services.

Visit: https://mn.sourcewell.org/licensing/family-child-care


Wayfinder is a go to one-one resource for family child care or center licensing. The network is staffed by local navigators at regional Child Care Aware of Minnesota agencies and Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC). Navigators help people in their communities create, sustain, and expand licensed family child care and center-based programs by offering encouragement, support, and connection to the many resources available for child care programs.

Visit: https://www.childcarewayfinder.org/

Brief: https://www.childcareawaremn.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Wayfinder-brief-2023-FINAL-1.pdf

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware of Minnesota partner agencies support the professional growth of child care providers and programs. Many local services are delivered by an agency in each Region, and some services are coordinated across multiple regions by one agency in each District.

Find your appropriate District and contact information below. You can also call our statewide hotline at 888.291.9811.

Are you Native American child care program or program caring for Native American children? Please contact Minnesota Tribal Resources for Early Childhood Care (MNTRECC) at 218.335.8381 or LeechLakeEarlyChildhoodMNTRECC@gmail.com.


Region 4 - Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin Counties

Maria Steen, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership

Visit: https://www.childcareawaremn.org/