Ratings Expanding Statewide

From 2007-2011 the Parent Aware Ratings were piloted in several Minnesota communities.  Parent Aware uses standardized, evidence-based measures to rate the quality of early learning programs.  Over 400 programs serving nearly 24,000 kids participated in the pilot program which showed impressive findings.  

In 2011 Minnesota's Governor Dayton committed to taking the Ratings statewide, later that year Minnesota was awared a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant which will help to facilitate the expansion.  By 2015, Parent Aware will be available to parents and providers statewide.

Parent Aware Pilot Research

Evaluation of Parent Aware: Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System Pilot, Year 4 (2011) Evaluation Report, Child Trends, December 2011  Fact Sheet  Summary  Technical Report

Evaluation of Parent Aware: Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System Pilot, Year 3 (2010) Evaluation Report, Child Trends, November 2010  Fact Sheet  Full Report

Evaluation of Parent Aware: Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System Pilot, Year 2 (2009) Evaluation Report,  Child Trends, March 2010  Fact Sheet  Full Report

Evaluation of Parent Aware: Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System Pilot, Year 1 (2008) Evaluation Report, Child Trends, December 2008  Fact Sheet  Full Report

Parent Priorities in Selecting Early Care and Education Programs: Implications for Minnesota's Quality Rating and Improvement System, Aisha Ray, Ph.D, February 2010  Fact Sheet  Full Report