Achieve Blog

Welcome to the Achieve Blog! Check in for articles and posts about:

  • Understanding Workflow
  • Tips and tricks on applying for Individual, Trainer, or RBPD membership AND
  • Stories highlighting those working in the MN Childhood Care and Education field.

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Sawe holding documents

To Send or Not to Send?

Sometimes it’s easier to know what NOT to send. Each document received via mail or printed from email/fax is thoroughly reviewed. Most applications contain documents of which over half are not acceptable. Based on the number of unacceptable documents Achieve receives, we can safely conclude: Some applicants spend a lot of time and energy gathering documents they don’t need to send. The team at Achieve spend hours sifting through documents to find acceptable submissions. Time spent here prolongs the application process for everyone in line waiting to be processed, even those who followed the Acceptable Documentation policy. In the spirit of speeding up the process for you and Achieve we’ve identified the top five documents not to send.
Latisha & Liam

Latisha Schauer: Putting the Care in Child Care

Unlimited Patience. Warm. Wonderful Sense of Humor. Loving. These are just some of the words used to describe family child care provider, Latisha Schauer.  Latisha has been providing full-time care for two years but, has been dedicated to the childhood care and education field off and on for the past ten years. Latisha works at One World, One Family, One Heart, FCC in St. Paul, where earlier this year, she purchased and took over the business. She also attends school full-time, is working toward earning her CDA, and is raising her one-year-old son, Liam.
Coding Staff

Workflow Series: The Kingdom of Coding

All aboard! If you remember correctly, while documents are on the Island of Intake, they are scanned and electronically stored. After their departure from Intake, they travel to the Kingdom of Coding! Coding is a wonderous land all documents visit to be thoroughly evaluated before the information is entered on your Develop account. As you know, Achieve can only review and enter documents after you apply for or renew your membership in Develop. If you sent documents to Achieve without submitting your application, those documents are stuck at the port of entry (your file) waiting for you to apply in Develop; your documents do not get their one-way ticket to the Kingdom of Coding.
Family Friday wall

Week of the Young Child: Achieve Staff Explore Their Inner Child

From all of us here at Achieve (because it’s not said enough), THANK YOU! It certainly takes a village. Whether you directly or indirectly support the care and education of children; your passion, knowledge, guidance and time does not go unnoticed. The Week of the Young Child allowed us to celebrate YOU, invaluable members of MN’s early childhood education workforce! We truly believe: When You Achieve, Minnesota Succeeds! Your work and dedication lays the foundation for so many children; it supports their successes in life and their bright futures.
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No Documentation? No Problem!

Sending your documents to Achieve is optional and we realize there may be times you don’t need to send anything to us. Perhaps you sent all your documents during your last renewal or without a renewal and your documents weren’t processed. Maybe you took trainings that were electronically added to your learning record. Or maybe you just don’t have time right now to find and send copies of your training certificates, but you need a current membership for Parent Aware.Whatever the reason, we get it. Don’t stress out. You can submit an individual application without documentation in just two easy steps!
Julie with grandpa

How to Track Down Your High School Diploma

“My high school burned down, and all of the records were lost.” “I graduated 40 years ago, you can’t possibly ask me to go digging for my diploma.” “My high school closed and doesn’t exist anymore.” “I had my diploma in my car and then my car got stolen.” “I graduated, but never received a diploma because I moved right after graduation.” “Help, my dog ate my diploma!” Your Achieve team has heard all but one of the above statements from Develop users who have chosen to go through the Individual Membership process and need their high school completion verified. Providing proof of High school education is a requirement for members to achieve a Career Lattice step above Foundational Awareness on the Minnesota Career Lattice.

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