Professional Resources

The following are links to some commonly used resources for professionals in the early childhood field.

Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge CenterThe Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care are collaborating to more effectively provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) across early care and education (ECE) programs. These National Centers were launched to promote excellence through high-quality, practical resources and approaches that build ECE program capacity. The Centers also support consistent practices across communities, states, tribes, and territories. Currently, the Office of Head Start (OHS) offers T/TA program staff support in their delivery of quality services to low-income children and families. OHS T/TA consists of three components: direct funding to grantees; regional T/TA specialists; and the National Centers.
MN Community Action AssociationThe state association of Community Action Agencies throughout MN.  The site offers resources for programs, such as Head Start, that are supported by Community Action agencies.
Help Me Grow MNMN’s link to resources for children with developmental delays, disabilities, and resources for promoting healthy growth of children.  Use this link to make referrals for children that may need further assessments.
Parent AwareMN’s Quality Rating program.  It offers free tools and resources for families and professionals.
MN Department of Education:  Early Learning Scholarships ProgramsAn Early Learning Scholarship can help you pay for high-quality child care and early education to help your child get ready for school. A scholarship must be used at a Parent Aware-Rated program. Parent Aware is a rating tool to help parents select high-quality child care and early education programs.
MN Department of Education:  Early Childhood ScreeningResources for promoting & supporting early childhood screenings.