Early childhood professionals must be prepared to meet the developmental needs of children from 6 weeks to age 11. This presents a unique challenge to family child care providers. To meet the challenge, there are training requirements for those who are responsible for the care of children in licensed homes.
For the purpose of discussing training requirements, a provider is defined as the license holder(s). A primary caregiver is an adult caregiver who provides services in the licensed home more than 30 (part or full) days in any 12-month period.
Trainings are approved by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) are listed in Develop. To access these trainings, go to Develop Tool Minnesota or contact MNCPD at (855) 378-3131. Additional trainings that meet licensing requirements may be available through other organizations.
Child Care Aware of Minnesota also offers several online trainings through the Eager-to-Learn website at Eager to Learn. These courses provide accessible educational opportunities for early child care professionals and parents. Eager-to-Learn features a new online format called Anytime Learning. These online trainings are self-paced designed to give students the flexibility to learn on their own time and at their own speed. Registration must be done through Develop Tool Minnesota.
Caring & Sharing Child Care Association was established for child care providers by providers. Gatherings for training, support, and networking run monthly from September through May. Training topics cover all aspects of child care and include the required annual trainings for providers. Information about the association can be found on their Facebook page (Caring and Sharing Childcare Association) or by contacting Amanda at (507) 931-5859.