“Come into this field with lots of love, patience, and empathy. We make such an impact on their little lives and they love us and completely look up to us.”

Latisha SchauerFamily Child Care Owner

Rewarding Careers in Early Childhood Education

Ensure a brighter future for children, their families, and your community!

Scholarships & Grants

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Minnesota is a scholarship program that helps early childhood and school-age providers increase their levels of education, compensation, and commitment to the field by earning college credits and degrees. There are two types of scholarships, Early Childhood or School-Age Care Provider Scholarship and Early Childhood Trainer Scholarship.

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses 

R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses reward child care professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to the field by continuing their education and professional development. R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses can be used for program supplies, training, and personal expenses.

CDA Awards 

CDA Awards help providers pay for the required training, application, and renewal of the nationally recognized Child Development Credential (CDA).

Foreign Credential Evaluation Scholarships

Foreign Credential Evaluation Scholarships help early childhood professionals who have completed their high school and/or higher education coursework outside of the United States pay for the evaluation process, so they can have their education and professionalism recognized.

College Scholarships

Paying for college can be expensive. Here is brief list of some Minnesota specific scholarships available.

Higher Education

Preparing for College

Learn about what classes to take in high school, how to earn college credit in high school, or how to succeed as an adult student.

Choosing a College

Explore colleges locally and nationally and discover information on how to apply for college.

Paying for College

Discover financial aid basics, grants and scholarships, other aid options, and student loans.

Minnesota Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program

The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program was established to provide student loan repayment assistance to teachers providing classroom instruction in a teacher shortage area in Minnesota. See who is eligible to apply, what the application and selection process is, and how much money can be awarded.

ECE Resources

Achieve – The MN Center for Professional Development

Achieve uses the Develop system to process membership application submissions and to provide you with personalized application support based on your professional development needs and goals.

Center for Early Education and Development

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) helps early educators, caregivers, practitioners, and programs achieve the best outcomes for the infants and young children they serve.

Center for Inclusive Child Care

The Center for Inclusive Child Care (CICC) provided free relationship-based professional development (RBPD) including support, training, modeling, and resources to child care programs throughout Minnesota.

Child Care Assistance Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

The Child Care Assistance Program provides financial assistance to help families with low incomes pay for child care so that parents may pursue employment or education leading to employment, and that children are well cared for and prepared to enter school.

Child Care Aware of Minnesota

Child Care Aware of Minnesota helps children succeed in school and life by supporting the professional growth of child care providers and connecting families to quality care.

Develop

Develop offers professional development and quality improvement tools to support early learning and school-age care.

First Children’s Finance

First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families.

Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)

PELSB provides information about educator licensure in Minnesota. Apply for a license, find a preparation program or learn about the requirements.

Parent Aware

Parent Aware helps programs find opportunities to improve their quality, supports them with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and celebrates the work they are doing to create better lives for children in Minnesota.

Join a Community

Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children 

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.

Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals 

The Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals (MACCP) is a voluntary association of licensed family child care providers in Minnesota.

Minnesota Child Care Association 

The Minnesota Child Care Association (MCCA) is a statewide organization representing licensed child care centers throughout Minnesota.

Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network

The Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network (MCCPIN) is an organization led by family child care providers for family child care providers. The MCCPIN website includes a list of local associations.

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.

A Career You Can Love

Early Childhood Education is a field with countless career opportunities and a huge potential for growth. Use the tools below to explore some of the many careers available.

Explore this interactive professional tool and discover how to plan your successful career in childhood care and education. Click below to:

  • Identify your strengths using Develop’s ITNA (Individual Training Needs Assessment) tool
  • Locate education and training resources
  • Discover new career options you might want to pursue

Minnesota’s Career and Education Explorer is a simple and easy-to-use tool. You can:

  • Search a wide-range of occupations
  • Review pay ranges and demand for your region of Minnesota
  • Learn education requirements