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Quality child care is an essential component to self-sufficiency for families as well as the foundation for future learning for thousands of Anoka and Washington County children.  ACCAP has been administering services since 1991, working towards building a healthy child care system, which is responsive to these needs for all families in our community.

The whole community benefits when families have access to affordable, high quality child care that not only helps parents work, but also provides the developmental and educational foundation children need.

ACCAP's child care support services offer programs which support the availability, affordability, and quality of child care in Anoka and Washington Counties. These programs have been a catalyst for creating partnerships with businesses, faith communities, city governments, school districts, and many other community cornerstones to address the issues affecting children and families.


Parent Aware Update Tool



Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro works with parents, licensed family child care providers, child care center staff, businesses, and community organizations to help promote the availability and affordability of quality child care services in the area.

We provide families with child care referrals at 1-888-291-9811 or; as well as training; workshops; information on evaluating affordable, quality child care; plus resources on various parenting issues.

Child care providers will benefit from our referral service and trained coaches, along with valuable training and support services for new or established programs. Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro supports child care providers with Building Quality, and Parent Aware.

ACCAP Child Care Support Services Flow Chart

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Parent Aware, a voluntary rating system for all licensed child care programs, started in Anoka County in 2013 and Washington County in 2014. Providers receive a One- to Four-Star Rating by demonstrating their quality, and best practices for kindergarten readiness, in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Relationships with Children

  • Relationships with Families

  • Assessment and Planning for Each Individual Child

  • Professionalism

  • Health and Well-being 

Parent Aware Application and Participation Agreement

Parent Aware Videos

    My Coaching Story - Karen and Melissa

    My Coaching Story - Veronica and Kathryn

    Parent Aware

Parent Aware Orientation Sessions

           Professional Learning Community Flyer

We hope you enjoy the information and resources we offer on our website.  Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments through e-mail to  or by phone; 763-783-4881. 


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Child Care Rates and Assistance 

Listings of average Anoka County licensed child care provider rates for 2016 can be accessed HERE.

Listings of average Washington County licensed child care provider rates for 2016 can be accessed HERE.


To access information about Child Care Assistance in Anoka County click HERE.

To access information about Child Care Assistance in Washington County click HERE.

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Grants are available to licensed child care providers in Anoka & Washington County. Informational Workshops to assist providers/programs in filling out their grant application are offered. 

Forms can be accessed online at

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Early Learning Scholarships

What is an Early Learning Scholarship?

A Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship can help you pay for high-quality child care and early education to help your child get ready for school. The scholarship money will be paid directly to the child care or early education program of your choice. A scholarship may 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. For more information about Parent Aware, go to

To apply for an Early Learning Scholarship please click here


Is My Child Eligible?            

To qualify for a Pathway I Early Learning Scholarship, you must be the parent, legal guardian or agency worker of the child(ren) and your family must meet the following requirements.

You must have a Minnesota home address in order to be eligible for scholarships. 

You must provide proof that your child currently participates in at least one of the following programs:


·       Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP)

·       Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

·       Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program (FRLP)

·       Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

·       Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

·       Food Support (SNAP)

·       Head Start

·       Foster Care



To qualify for an Early Learning Scholarship, a family's income must be equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level in the current calendar year. The chart below based on FY2017 poverty guidelines published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2017.

Family SizeGross IncomeFamily SizeGross Income

For family units of more than eight members, add $7,733 for each additional member. *See Family Size of 9 as an example.


Pathways 1 application Click Here


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Education and Training

Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro offers classes of interest to families, child care providers, school age care providers and others who work with children through Think Small. Classes are held in various locations throughout the metro and surrounding suburbs.  To access class offerings and to register visit:      



Develop Website

If you would like additional help accessing Develop, please contact:  Doreen Jackson  763-783-4891


TEACH Scholarship Information​                                                                            ​                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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For The Community

In an effort to support families with their work-life concerns, Anoka County Community Action Program and Child Care Aware of Minnesota Metro partners with businesses, faith communities, and community leadership to "link" the needs with the resources. We can provide informational articles, statistics and consultations to help assess the needs of your group or congregation. 

We also offer the opportunity to come speak with your group or organization around child care issues. Brown bag lunches, meetings, or resource fairs all offer the opportunity to create public awareness for children and families. Contact Katy Chase at 763-783-4881 or by e-mail at

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 Child Care Chronicle Monthly News Letters


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American Library Association

The ALA site has great resources for both children and parents. For children and teens, there are pages that highlight good websites to visit, and recommended reading and software. For parents, there is information on adult reference and media materials, a link to Booklist magazine, and much more. 


Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

CEED's mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through applied research, policy, and professional development. 


Center for Inclusive Childcare 

The mission of the Center for Inclusive Child Care is to be a centralized, comprehensive resource network supporting inclusive care for children in community settings.


Center on the Developing Child at Harvard

The mission of the Center on the Developing Child is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Child Care Aware of America

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. 


Child Care Aware of Minnesota Coordinating Office

The Minnesota Child Care Aware Coordinating Office provides statewide leadership in shaping collaborations that build a diverse, high quality child care system accessible to all Minnesota families through local child care resource and referral services.


Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten entrance.  The program is offered through Minnesota public school districts.  ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are a child's first and most important teachers.  ECFE works to strengthen families.  ECFE's goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environment for their child's learning and growth.


Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) 

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) programs provide supports and services to infants, toddlers and preschool children with disabilities and their families.  The resources below support the implementation of evidence-based practices.  “Our job is to ensure that the best we know is happening every day, in every program, for every child.”--Renee Bradley, U.S. Department of Education.


First Children's Finance

First Children's Finance offers loans & Quality First grants to help child care providers pay for improvement & facility expansion.


Help Me Grow

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that intervention services are provided to young children with developmental delays. Help Me Grow resources help parents and professionals identify young children who would benefit from these services.


Licensed Child Care Providers of Anoka County

Licensed Child Care Providers of Anoka County is a non-profit Association that serves as a support group for licensed family child care providers. This non-profit association serves Anoka County as well as the surrounding areas. It is run solely by volunteers. LCCPAC has been supporting providers since 1972! The mission statement of LCCPAC states: To provide quality training to licensed family child care providers at affordable rates and serve as a resource for mentoring, community awareness, and professionalism.  


The mission of Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network (MCCPIN) is to support, promote, and strengthen the profession of family child care thereby enriching the lives of providers, children, families, and communities. 


Minnesota National Association for the Education of Young Children &
Minnesota School-age Care Association

The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance (MnSACA) are professional associations of more than 700 members each. The members from our organizations are a diverse group of professionals representing early care and education and school age and youth programs across Minnesota. The members are teachers, youth workers, center directors, site coordinators, program managers, trainers, and advocates.

MnAEYC-MnSACA promotes quality in early care and education and out-of-school time programs and supports the leadership and development of early care and education and out-of-school time professionals.

We forward this mission by focusing on Professional Development, Program Improvement, and Policy & Advocacy. 

Members network with one another, support each other, and learn together, while they grow as professionals.


National Association for the Education of Young Children

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate and work on behalf of young children.  


National Association for Family Child Care

The mission of NAFCC is to support the profession of family child care and to encourage high-quality care for children. NAFCC promotes high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education and policy initiatives. Visit the website to find out more about this organization.


National Child Care Information Center

Visit this site to find information on research and initiatives going on in the child care field. This page is also an excellent source for information on each state's ratios, teacher qualifications, demographics and more.


National Parenting Education Network

As part of the ERIC clearinghouse on elementary and early childhood education, this site focuses on information for parents. You will find a lot of great resources, including a magazine, discussion list, conference events, state networks, an “ask-ERIC” section and much more.


National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

Some highlights of this website include a study on cost, quality and outcomes, state child care regulations, and national safety standards. An extensive links page with resources on everything from lead poisoning to playground safety is useful for both parents and child care providers.


Think Small

This website educates, supports, and advocates for parents, providers, teachers, trainers, and early childhood professionals.


Zero to Three

Zero to Three is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. Visit this website to find information and resources for both parents and professionals.


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