Resources and Links for Providers

Resources and Links for Providers

Minnesota Quality Rating System
Assistance for parents deployed overseas

For more information on accreditation for child care centers, please visit

For more information on accreditation for child care programs, please visit

Advancing Your Child Care Career

Bridge to Benefits

Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children's Defense Fund Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.

Keeping Kids Safe: Your Home Child Care Emergency Plan (PDF)

A guide published by the DHS for licensed family child care providers and family, friend and neighbor providers to help them plan for emergencies (PDF)

Minnesota Parents Know

Our organization is a proud sponsor of a new parent Web site. offers Minnesota parents a convenient source for trusted information on child learning, development, health and safety. This resource was developed by the Minnesota Department of Education in partnership with state and national leaders and researchers in early childhood education and health. With research-based information and extensive input from Minnesota parents, this Web site is designed to address specific parent needs. For more information, visit

Minnesota STREAMS to Quality

Minnesota STREAMS to Quality serves people who care for children, offering educational opportunities, grants, and financial incentives.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC recognizes quality child care center programs through a self-evaluation process.
Visit (national)
Visit (Minnesota chapter)

Competency-based Training and Assessment (CBTA)

CBTA allows family child care providers to earn eight semester hours of credit from Minnesota West, Worthington campus. For more information, call 800-634-3359.

National After-School Association (NAA)

NAA sets standards for stimulating, safe, and supportive after-school programs for young people ages five to fourteen. For more information, call the national office at 703-610-9028 or visit

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

NAFCC recognizes quality family child care homes through a self evaluation process. For more information, call 801-269-9338.

Child Development Associate (CDA)

A CDA is an individual who has successfully completed training and a CDA assessment. An associate can meet the specific needs of children and works with parents or guardians to nurture children's physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth in a child care setting. The CDA credential is nationally recognized and issued by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C. For more information, call 800-424-4310.

National Head Start Association (NHSA)

NHSA is the national program of excellence for Head Start. For more information about Head Start in Minnesota, call 651-582-8411.

Minnesota Early Childhood and School-Age Training Association (MECSATA)

MECSATA supports early childhood and school-age trainers in professional growth and development, leadership, and advocacy.

National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)

Accrediting child care programs since 1993. NECPA measures the quality of adult/child interactions, staff training, health and safety, physical environment, administration, and parent-community relationships. For more information, call 800-505-9878.