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Minnesota Child Care Credential (MNCCC)

Minnesota child care professionals can launch their careers, and graduate to the next level of the profession with the Minnesota Child Care Credential. Participants gain:

  • A complete foundation in caring for children, which is especially important for caregivers who are new to the profession.
  • Two years of the latest training, sequenced and carefully planned, including information on successful business planning, building strong relationships, and encouraging literacy.
  • Pride, marketing and leadership skills.
  • A strong beginning in the latest standards - the Minnesota Practitioner Core Competencies, Building Quality.
  • CDA training that meets requirements for the National Child Development Associate Credential.

Background and Overview

The Child Care Aware of Minnesota (CCR&R) was developed through a collaboration of the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) at Metropolitan State University.

Designed for child care providers who want to improve their skills and knowledge in order to provide high quality care for young children, the MNCCC offers foundational research-based, standardized and progressive training on topics proven to be most critical in successfully impacting outcomes for young children.  Intended for caregivers working in child care centers, as well as family child care homes, the MNCCC gives participants countless opportunities to apply and practice strategies while learning.  At the same time, caregivers are able to connect with peers and gain professional and personal support.

Packaged into 21 classes offered over a two-year period, the MNCCC provides 123 hours of best practices training and learning experiences that align with the:

  • National Child Development Associate (CDA) credential training requirements
  • Minnesota Practitioner Core Competencies
  • Minnesota Building Quality Initiative
  • Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
  • Environmental Rating Scales
  • Classroom Assessment & Scoring System (CLASS)
  • Strengthening Families Protective Factors

The MNCCC is structured to meet the Minnesota Career Lattice Step 1 through Step 5, which is then documented on the Minnesota Center for Professional Development Registry Learning Record. All credential classes are MNCPD approved trainings offered by MNCPD approved trainers.

Beginning with the first community of caregivers in January 2011, the MNCCC training initially will be presented in specific geographic areas throughout the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) system. Caregivers may also progress through the training online with the Eager to Learn program.  It is expected that delivery of the MNCCC will expand throughout Minnesota in the future. 

For more information, and to learn how to apply for discounted training options, visit MNCCC or call 1-888-291-9811.  

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We would like to thank all of the skilled early childhood and school-age professionals and supporters who have made this project possible.

The Minnesota Child Care Credential Curriculum has been developed through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD) at Metropolitan State University.  The project was administered by MNCPD staff along with a team of specialists in early childhood adult education.  The project coordinator has been Anita S. Beaton, Metropolitan State University, and the three primary curriculum writers were Sharon Bergen, Staci Hitzke, and Rachel Robertson.  Additional writers worked on several classes that are a part of the credential curriculum, and many hours of consultation were provided by a group of very knowledgeable content specialists and a committed Minnesota Child Care Credential Advisory Committee with representatives from many stakeholder groups.

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Copyright and Limitations on Use and Liability

This curriculum was developed by the Minnesota Center for Professional Development at Metropolitan State University, and represents a contract work product for the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  The curriculum was designed for sequential delivery by Child Care Aware of Minnesota (CCR&R) system  certified trainers for the specific purpose of meeting the training requirements for receipt of the MNCCC and placement on the Minnesota Career Lattice that may not apply to other locations or uses, and may require modifications of content and/or form before it can be used in other jurisdictions.  The Minnesota  Department of Human Services makes no representations and accepts no liability on its use or results.  This curriculum may not be reproduced, copied, sold or otherwise distributed without the written approval of the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
To request written permission for use or reproduction of any portion of this curriculum, e-mail

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Minnesota Child Care Credential Class Descriptions

Descriptions of each of the 21 classes in the credential are attached below. Please note that Class 2 has two different options (2A Family Child Care is a Business, and 2B Working in Center-based Care and Education: Team Building), and that several different classes can meet the requirements for classes 18 (Curriculum-specific Class) and Class 19 (Assessment-specific Class).

Class Descriptions (pdf)


Minnesota Child Care Credential: Session Outlines 

To open links in the document below, press CTRL while clicking on the hyperlinks.

Minnesota Child Care Credential: Session Outlines (doc)


Minnesota Child Care Credential: Key Documents

The following are key documents reviewed in the MNCCC training: (Note: these documents are all in pdf format)

Resources and Links 

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