Did you know that a Wilder Foundation study found that in Minnesota children entering kindergarten unprepared costs the school system $113 million annually?
Research shows that the first five years of a child’s life is critical for social and cognitive development and that the economic benefit of early childhood programs is substantial. 360 Communities invests in programs that support early childhood development knowing that the strength of our future rides on the success of today’s children.
360 Communities Child Care Aware staff partner with child care providers in Dakota County to ensure that child care providers are able to best prepare children for kindergarten. They train and mentor child care providers as they work to achieve Parent Aware star ratings. A star rating in the Parent Aware program indicates that a child care provider has gone above and beyond what is required for licensure in the state and has invested in additional training.
To date, 360 Communities Child Care Aware have helped:
- 65 providers earn star ratings in the program.
- 20 providers increase their star ratings.
Currently our staff are helping:
- 20 providers become rated for the first time.
- 25 providers work on increasing their star ratings.