Community Engagement

Program pioneers.

Parent Aware is an independent rating system to help parents select high-quality child care and early education.

Working in partnership with a number of other public and private organizations, Think Small helped develop and implement the three-year pilot for Parent Aware.


Community Engagement

Think broadly.

We envision a society that affords every child the best start in life. That's why we're actively engaged—through policy development, advocacy, evaluation, program piloting, and scaling successful pilots—in creating a Minnesota that supports optimal child care and early learning.

For policymakers, funders, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and others concerned with kids, we're a bold and effective partner. We invite you to work together with us on community and state-wide issues involving early childhood.

When you're thinking broadly, Think Small.


Take Action

The debate is over: investing in our youngest Minnesotans by providing access to high quality programs for children most in need is the best way to close the academic achievement gap.

Early Learning letter to Governor Dayton and MN Legislators


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Think Small 2017 Public Policy Priorities

When it comes to addressing Minnesota’s severe opportunity gaps, we know starting early is effective. In fact, the single best investment the state can make is targeted early childhood investments in our most vulnerable children.

We have made great progress in early education in Minnesota. However, many children still do not have access to high-quality care. Children who enter kindergarten unprepared are less likely to achieve third grade reading standards, less likely to graduate high school, and less likely to ever attend college. They are more likely to drop out of school and more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.

In the 2017 Legislative session, Think Small will advocate to build on the momentum of the past years to support greater access and quality for our state’s most vulnerable children. Click here to view Think Small’s 2017 Public Policy Priorities.


Think Small is a proud member of the MinneMinds Campaign.

When all Minnesota kids have the best possible start, we're all better off. Learn more at



Minnesota Early Learning Scholarhips

Find out more about Early Learning Scholarships administered by Think Small and how to apply here.