Increasing the quality of childcare in our community

United Way is committed to closing the literacy and education gap for all children in our community. In 2011 United Way partnered with the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) to launch the Childcare Accreditation Program (CAP) in an effort to improve the quality of childcare centers across the nine-county region.

Thanks to donors and program partners, CAP accredited 288 programs—a 91 percent success rate that is among the highest in the nation. Each year, more than 23,000 students are learning at accredited programs in the greater Twin Cities community.

Improving education in our region is part of United Way’s core work and we are proud of the difference that CAP has made to ensure that children are ready to learn and thrive when they begin kindergarten—building a strong foundation for long-term success in school and in life.

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91% success rate, among the highest in the nation



23,000+ children served annualy



63% of programs serve at least 1 child receiving childcare assistance