Started on the right path.

Choosing an early care and education program is the first investment parents make in their child's future. That's why more than 10,000 parents a year seek help from us in making this important decision.
For example, Sherry, a local single mom.


For Parents and Guardians

Searching for Child Care

Think Small is a trusted resource for child care information with over thirty years of experience helping families search for care and early childhood education.

Finding the right care is a lot of work. Our Tools & Tips section will give you valuable information about selecting care. Our experts are also available to help. You can reach us at 1-888-291-9811 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 


Two Easy Ways to Get a List and Learn More about Your Child Care Options:

Call us for a customized referral at


CLICK HERE to use the Self-Search online database   

  • It's free.
  • You'll talk with a local Parent Education Specialist.
  • You'll receive a list of child care options based on your search criteria.
  • You'll get information to help you choose the best care for your child.
  • It's available Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • It's free.
  • You'll receive a list of child care options based on the criteria you select.
  • It's available 24/7
  • You'll be redirected to the Parent Aware website.


Important to Know:

  • All search options use the same database but results may vary.
  • Think Small does not license, endorse, inspect, or recommend any early childhood program.
  • A licensed child care program has met minimal standards. A license does not guarantee high-quality care.
  •   The information about each program is self-reported, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.

If you are looking for care outside of Minnesota, call 800-424-2246 or click here to visit the Child Care Aware website.