How to Become a Trainer

Opportunities for Trainers

Why become a Child Care Aware Trainer?

Child Care Aware of Minnesota is committed to supporting all trainers. Support is extended to those who are new to the field, those who are seasoned, those who work with family child care providers and those who focus on centers, those who speak languages other than English, are multi-lingual, and trainers living in every area of Minnesota

  • Leadership and learning opportunities built on the understanding that trainers are essential to our state's educational system:
  • The latest, high-quality training opportunities that empower professionals to lead Parent Aware, Core Competencies and Child Development Associate Credential-accepted trainings.
  • Marketing support, such as trainings advertised in Child Care Aware training catalogs and websites, email blasts and updates from the Child Care Aware Coordinating office.
  • Support in delivering trainer-developed learning opportunities.
  • Event and office support such as certificate processing and registration management.
  • A Child Care Aware Classroom is available for you to receive announcements, attend chat sessions and gather resources.  To become a member of the Child Care Aware Learning Community, start an Eager-to-Learn account.

Steps to become a Child Care Aware Trainer:

  1. Join the Minnesota Center for Professional Development’s Registry and become an approved trainer.
  2. Connect with your local Child Care Aware professional development advisor to become a part of the Child Care Aware training community.
  3. Learn about the upcoming Training of the Trainer (TOT) opportunities by visiting www.childcareawaremn.org.

What is the selection process for Child Care Aware trainers?

Trainers are hired as independent contractors as local training demand allows and based on:

  • Background and qualifications
  • Approved trainer status (as determined by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development) and
  • Experience with underserved communities.

How do I get my training recognized as meeting one or more Parent Aware indicator?

To have a training recognized as meeting one or more Parent Aware indicator, eligible trainers and training organizations can participate in the Parent Aware Training Approval process through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD). Some trainings may already qualify. For more information about the Parent Aware Training Approval process, visit the MNCPD website at www.mncpd.org.

How can I learn more about the Minnesota Center for Professional Development’s Registry?

The Minnesota Center for Professional Development is proud to introduce a new and improved Minnesota Registry.

For questions related to the new Minnesota Registry, please contact Mncpd.registry@metrostate.edu.