Child Care Aware of Minnesota helps child care providers improve their professionalism and the quality of their services through grants and scholarships.

CDA Scholarships

These scholarships help providers pay for the required training, application, and renewal of the nationally recognized Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). 

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Child Care Services GrantS - Regional Grants

These annual grants provide funds for supplies and equipment, and training and professional development opportunities. Grant funds are limited and are awarded on a competitive basis to qualified child care programs.

Grants are available between September 1 - September 25 each year.

For more information, contact Misty Barber, Grants Administrator, at or (320) 269-8727 / (800) 292-5437.

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses

These bonuses reward child care professionals who have earned a degree or National Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and have demonstrated a general commitment to continuing education and professional development. R.E.E.T.A.I.N Bonuses can be used for program supplies, training, or personal expenses.

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T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota

This higher education scholarship program is intended to help early childhood and school-age care professionals increase their education, compensation, and commitment to the field. 

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