Increasing the quality of childcare in our community

For our community to prosper, all children need the opportunity to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Nearly 50 percent of Minnesota children entering kindergarten today are not ready for school. These children will struggle throughout their school years and life.

Our Childcare Accreditation Program addresses the kindergarten readiness gap in our community by increasing the quality of care for 18,000 children living in poverty. We'll invest $3 million to help 350 local childcare centers achieve the highest quality standards through accreditation. Once completed, 85 percent of childcare centers serving low-income children in our community will be accredited.

United Way partner Baby's Space was recently re-accredited through this program. Read their story.

Program's Progress to Date

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