Early Learning and Child Care

Education and child care resources for children and families

Find Child Care, Preschool and Other Early Learning Programs
Parent Aware
Offers free tools and resources to help families find the quality child care, preschool and other early education programs their children need to succeed in school and life.
Child Care Aware of Minnesota
Online Classes for Child Care Providers and Parents
Paying for Child Care, Preschool and Other Early Learning Programs
Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)
County program that helps families with low income pay for child care while they go to work, look for work or attend school.
Early Learning Scholarships
Financial support for parents to access high quality early childhood programs for their children up to age four with high needs.
Head Start Programs
Head Start supports the comprehensive development of children from birth through age 5 to promote school readiness for young children from low-income families. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being.
Early Head Start (Birth through 2 years)
Home visiting or center-based services and programs for low-income families with infants and toddlers that support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency.
Head Start (3 through 5 years)
Services and programs that prepare low-income families with preschool children (ages 3 - 5) for their transition to public school kindergarten and to support child development, parenting skills and self-sufficiency.
Public Libraries
Minnesota’s public libraries are community hubs where people of any age can borrow or download books, use a computer, attend a class or program, meet with colleagues, study with friends, or just relax in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
School-based Early Learning Programs
School districts provide a range of early learning programs and services for families and children aged birth-up-to-kindergarten. The programs offer opportunities for both families and children to enhance their learning and development, achieve positive outcomes for children, and support their transition to kindergarten. The programs include: School Readiness, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Voluntary Prekindergarten/School Readiness Plus programs.