Hennepin County Licensing sugguest this site for people (required to have a background check form on file with DHS) that may watch the children in your child child.

Copy and past the site below to watch a CPR video

Guide to new crib standards is located at  Click on link and you will be directed to the site.

National Association for Family Child Care
NAFCC is dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.At we strive to prevent serious injury or death due to faulty fire safety products. In June 2009 Kidde recalled dual sensor smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers for product failure reasons. On December 22, 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and GE Security, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 246,800 smoke detectors with certain control panels that also failed to activate during a fire or an emergency. The fire safety recalls mentioned above are a small sample of fire safety products that are a threat to consumer safety.

Minnesota Association for the Education of the Young Child and the Institute for Professional Development
The Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children is a nonprofit association of over 1,500 professionals in Early Childhood Education and related fields working together on behalf of young children and their families.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 100,000 members, a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
The Minnesota Professional Development Council
Supporting Professionals who Educate, Advocate and Care for Children, Youth, and Families.  With a mission to facilitate development and ongoing coordination of an inclusive collaborative of the early childhood and youth professional development system in Minnesota. This organization is responsible for the creation of the Minnesota Core Competencies.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies   NACCRRA is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US. CCR&R centers help families, child care providers, and communities find, provide, and plan for affordable, quality child care. Since 1987, NACCRRA has been working to improve the system of early learning for children by:  Providing training, resources, and best practices standards to local and state CCR&Rs that support high quality, accountable services; and promoting national policies and partnerships that facilitate universal access to quality child care.
The Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network works to provide information and support for quality child care that is affordable and accessible for all Minnesota families.  A wide variety of information, support, and services are available on a statewide basis through the Network offices located in St. Paul, and are available locally throughout Minnesota through the twenty-two CCR&R network member sites. 
Eager-to-Learn, a program of the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network, is designed to provide high quality, affordable in-service training opportunities using electronic or E-Learning technologies and experienced, well-trained instructors. 
Thirteen of Minnesota's Community and Technical Colleges are working together for you through E-LECT (e-learning for early childhood teachers), offering high quality credit-based child development courses, certificate, diploma, and A.A.S. degree on-line. Take courses anytime, anywhere. With E-LECT, a college education is as close as your computer.
 Ready 4 K Minnesota Ready 4 K seeks to unite parents, communities, organizations and policymakers to act and advocate for school readiness.  In cooperation with many leaders in the early care and education fields, Ready4K has developed policy proposals that integrate the early childhood system, enhance parent education, and improve professional early care and education. 
The Child Care WORKS coalitionestablished in 1983, brings together parents, caregivers and advocates across Minnesota to improve child care services for all families. This is an exceptional source of current legislative information and policies on all issues regarding children.
The Children's Defense Fund and Children's Defense Fund Minnesota.  CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown.

Redleaf National Institute--Redleaf National Institute is a division of Resources for Child Caring, a nonprofit organization located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We work closely with Redleaf Press, another division of Resources for Child Caring, which publishes business resources and other materials for child care professionals.

Resources for Child Caring Resources for Child Caring is a nationally recognized non-profit (50lc3) organization specializing in issues related to child care. Our mission is to improve the lives of children by strengthening and supporting the people who care for them. Carol Rohde is the executive director. Three key values drive our mission: quality, diversity, and accessibility. Today we offer a variety of services and programs that support child care professionals, parents, and diverse communities in nuturing young children. We have also remained a consistent voice in support of a functional child care system in Minnesota and the nation. Redleaf National Institute is a division of Resources for Child Caring.
Early Childhood & School-Age Trainers Association   MECSATA is an organization committed to promoting and supporting early childhood and school age trainers in the areas of professional growth and development, leadership, and advocacy for the field.  This organization shall make every active effort to be inclusive of the personal, cultural, and professional diversity of people desiring membership and leadership within MECSATA.  MECSATA will provide opportunities to network and develop contacts within the field.  MECSATA will encourage the professional development of trainers through conferences, meetings, speakers, newsletters, and any other activities agreed upon by the Board of Directors.
The Center for Inclusive Child Care (formerly Project Exceptional) is a statewide network for promoting and supporting inclusive early childhood and school-age programs and providers in Minnesota. This network provides leadership, administrative support, training and consultation to early care and education providers, school-age care providers, parents and the professionals who support providers and parents of children with special needs.
Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) provides early intervention services for children with autism up to age 6 (approximately) and educational programs for people providing care for autistic children.
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) is the only worldwide organization that is dedicated solely to the prevention of this form of child abuse. The National Center has been providing leadership in the development of prevention programs, training courses and public education campaigns.
The Child Care Nutrition Resource System provides you with recipes, resources, and information on preparing nutritious meals and food safety.  This is a great tool for providers who participate in USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and receive reimbursement for meals served.
Parent Aware is a tool designed by child care providers, early learning professionals and parents, Minnesota’s voluntary Parent Aware Rating Tool is intended to support our state’s children by creating a rating system which identifies, recognizes and celebrates quality in early education. The rating tool will recognize early educators for the quality of care they deliver and build on this quality by supporting their efforts at program improvements.
Kids Count is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. This great resource includes the Kids Count Data Book online, CLIKS with county, city, and community level information, Census Data and more.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has much information about child care programs.  You can even view current listings of licensed child are providers sorted by county.
The U.S. Department of Education contains a wealth of information and the ability to order publications online.
A Great Resource...
The WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Topics are selected on the basis of parent recommendations; they cover all ages, from early child development through adolescence and much more.
Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance MNSACA is an association of 700 child/youth focused professionals who provide care to school-age children and youth in school, park, home and agency settings during out-of-school hours.
The Better Kid Care Satellite Trainings are available for viewing on your computer with the Real Media Basic Player, which you can download for free. After you have installed and configured RealPlayer, click the links below to view the videos.
Caring for Kids are four page information sheets on a variety of topics. The files are in PDF format, so you will need to have Adobe Reader installed and working on your computer to open these.
These are two page information sheets from Penn State. The files are in PDF format, so you will need to have Adobe Reader installed and working on your computer to open these.
Minnesota STREAMS to Quality
Minnesota STREAMS to Quality is a tool designed to serve people who care for children by offering educational opportunities, grants, and financial incentives. This website is for: family child care providers, child care center staff, Head Start, school-age/out of school time program staff, parent educators, parents, and all others interested in the health and development of children.
University of Minnesota Extension Service--Information on searching for quality child care and other issues. Also able to access INFO U at this address.
CAPI--The Center for Asians and Pacific Islanders--The Centre for Asians and Pacific Islanders is a direct service and informational agency that assists Southeast Asian families to contribute to the economic and social fabric of Minnesota while maintaining their unique cultural heritage and values.

Council for Professional Recognition--The governing body for CDA (Child Development Associate) credential.

ACEI--The Association for Childhood Education International  The Mission of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is to promote and support in the global community the optimal education and development of children, from birth through early adolescence, and to influence the professional growth of educators and the efforts of others who are committed to the needs of children in a changing society.

The Children, Youth, and Families Education Research Network If you're a professional serving children, youth and families or a parent with your own children, you know that finding reliable, high quality, research-based information on the Web can be a major challenge. That's where CYFERnet can help you. CYFERnet's Web site brings together the best, children, youth and family resources of all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty. Through CYFERnet you can also interact with your colleagues and share your work nationally.

Minnesota Association for Family & Early Education... The professional organization for administrators, providers and supporters of high quality family and early childhood education for all families with young children throughout the State of Minnesota. 

The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services

NNCC--The National Network for Child Care--The web site of cooperative Extension Services (includes links to issues of Family Child Care Connections)

The ABC's of Safe and Healthy Child Care cover many issues including health and safety issues for providers, but this fact sheet on childhood diseases can be extremely helpful.
Child Care Resources is a leader, advocating for quality child care and the needs of both families and child care professionals.  As in other fields, we can use technology as a training tool, enabling child care professionals to access high quality, interactive training at their convenience. This web site is specifically for that purpose.
ChildCareExchange is a place to find some of the best Internet resources for providers, directors, teachers and parents.

USA Child Care is an organization for child care providers who believe that all children deserve high quality care. Their mission is to bring the voice of direct services providers to national and state policy dialogue.

National Fire Prevention Association NFPA teaches people of all ages how to make responsible choices regarding health and safety. One of our most important commitments is to give people the knowledge and skills they need to lead safer lives.  Also the home of Sparky the Fire Dog's official website.
Family Communications, producers of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood has a website with resources for families, educators, and early education and child care.
The Sesame Workshop--A link to our Sesame Street friendsSesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization making a meaningful difference in the lives of children worldwide by addressing their critical developmental needs.  The Workshop is committed to the principle that all children deserve a chance to learn and grow; to be prepared for school; to better understand the world and each other; to think, dream and discover; to reach their highest potential.
US Consumer Product Safety Commission--Check out product recalls on items you may have in your child care home. Also has Kid Site with lessons on safety and fun games to play while learning.
Safe Kids Worldwide  Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.  Lots of information about how to keep children safe, including seat belts, car seats, etc.
 PBS TeacherSource
For more than 30 years, teachers have trusted PBS's quality programming and educational services. Maintaining that trust is the foundation of PBS's mission to serve educators and learners.

Minnesota Office of the Governor
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Lt. Governor Carol Molnau

Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statues--Access Minnesota Legal Statues
Minnesota Senate Web Site.
Minnesota House Web Site.

First Children's Finance a division of Development Corporation for Children, is the financial institution for the childcare industry in Minnesota. We offer loans at below market rates for childcare businesses to cover a number of different expenses from expansion to repairs to start-up costs.

The Early Childhood Organizing Project On-Line is your center for organizing and activism for young children in Minnesota.

Rule II for Family Child Care, Chapter 9502 Minnesota Statues, Regulations governing in-home licensed family child care.

Rule III for Family Child Care, Chapter 9503 Minnesota Statues, Regulations governing in-home licensed family child care.

Family Day Care Radio, listen to some of the programs here or visit the order form to get your own copies,

At we strive to prevent serious injury or death due to faulty fire safety products. In June 2009 Kidde recalled dual sensor smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers for product failure reasons. On December 22, 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and GE Security, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of approximately 246,800 smoke detectors with certain control panels that also failed to activate during a fire or an emergency. The fire safety recalls mentioned above are a small sample of fire safety products that are a threat to consumer safety.

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