Early Childhood Academy

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About the Program

Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy offers a variety of new and expanded services to increase the number of quality child care programs in Ramsey County.  

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Child Care Program Start-Up and Expansion

Are you thinking about starting your own childcare business?  Think Small’s Build Your Own Child Care coaches will help you from start to finish with everything you need for a top-rated program. We offer up to 20 hours of technical assistance, access to our 5-session Learning Community series, plus other resources at absolutely no cost. 

Free Online Training

Think Small Institute offers a wide range of learning opportunities which include options for both live-virtual training and self-paced eLearning.

This is an opportunity to earn free credits towards your hours required for licensing.

Mentorship and Practicum Services

Our mentorship program provides the opportunity to apply newly learned skills in experienced, high-quality family child care settings. Mentors provide guidance and support as you begin developing your own program goals.

Learning Communities

Learn about starting a childcare business alongside other passionate educators like yourself. Our Learning Community series covers a range of topics such as the licensing process, policies and procedures, compliance and reporting requirements, marketing and communications, and resource development. 

Ramsey County Early Childhood Academy is a part of the Ramsey County Investment and Support Efforts program,
funded through the American Rescue Plan Act.