Child Care Aware of Minnesota West/Central District provides families, child care programs, and the community with information and support for quality child care that is affordable and accessible. We work both with families and child care providers in west central and southwest Minnesota to guide families and build relationships.


Guide Families

  • Help families find child care that best meets their needs
  • Provide individualized referrals to family child care homes, centers, preschool programs, and school-age programs
  • Maintain a comprehensive updated database of all licensed child care providers and early learning programs
  • Inform families about licensing regulations, services for children with special health and developmental needs, financial, social, and community services
  • Increase family choice by building the supply of child care
  • Enhance the quality of child care through provider training, site visits, grants, and general support

Build RElationships with Child Care Providers

  • Support providers/programs through the licensing process
  • Promote the professional growth and development of child care program staff and providers through grants, resources, training, consultation, and mentoring
  • Supply information on loans and scholarships and administer state grants to child care providers, programs, and staff
  • Market programs through parent referrals

Build RElationships with the Community

  • Educate local communities and leaders about child care issues
  • Work with communities to effectively address child care needs
  • Provide information on the supply and demand of child care

Build Relationships with Employers

  • Increase the business community's awareness of and investment in early care and education
  • Link businesses with child care solutions, such as child care resource and referral, the dependent care assistance plan, and community partnerships