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The Minnesota Child Care Credential

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About the Minnesota Child Care Credential

The Minnesota Child Care Credential is a year-long program that offers training in all aspects of caring for and nurturing children. Participating child care professionals will learn and update their skills in a community of caregivers. The Minnesota Child Care Credential is aligned with the National Child Development Associate Credential so those who complete the Minnesota credential will have also completed all the training required for the national CDA.

Participating child care professionals will complete a low-cost, fast-track option online over 40 weeks.

Presentation on the Minnesota Child Care Credential (PowerPoint or PDF)

"I really enjoyed sharing ideas with the ladies in my Child Care Credential cohort. I appreciate the great instructors who offered feedback that furthered my understanding and the motivation it gave me to continue to make improvements to my program."
—Audra Hagert

Benefits

The Minnesota Child Care Credential is good for child care providers and children.
The Minnesota Child Care Credential offers:

  • A complete foundation in caring for children
  • Pride, marketing and leadership skills
  • All training required for the National Child Development Associate Credential
  • A community of learners: join a cohort of your peers
  • Online and traditional classroom training options
  • A year of the latest training, carefully planned and sequenced
  • A strong introduction to the latest tools: The Minnesota Core Competencies, Building Quality and more!

"I take a lot away in terms of feeling connected to others; the support from the chats, the class and classmates and teachers are all important resources." —Carole Paschelke

Training Areas

The training areas of the Minnesota Child Care Credential build and update skills in:

  • Supporting children's health and wellness
  • Using and choosing curriculum and learning assessment tools
  • Partnering with families
  • Encouraging literacy
  • Building strong and nurturing relationships with children
  • Planning for a successful business
  • Offering children the best care available!

Minnesota Child Care Credential course descriptions

A new and improved MNCCC will begin in the fall of 2013, if you are interested in the CDA click here.

Expectations

Expectations for participants:
Participants must:

  • Sign a letter of agreement
  • Complete 123 hours of training
  • Complete assigned coursework

"I have enjoyed learning together, growing together, sharing experiences, resources, stories, passion, respect and our love for children." —Susan Caird

Getting Started

  • To join the Minnesota Child Care Credential cohort please complete and submit Participation Agreement.
  • Contact Brian Wray at brianw@childcareawaremn.org or 651-290-9704 ext. 105 about payment options.

"The commitment that everyone has shown in my Child Care Credential cohort inspires me to share all of this with my families." —Jenna Knapp