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When is the application deadline?

Applications are due by midnight on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Who is eligible to participate?

The CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship is designed specifically for those working in the early childhood and/or school-age care fields; child care center directors and staff, family child care providers, school-age care providers, Head Start teachers, preschool teachers, ECFE teachers, home visitors, trainers, professors of higher education, child care resource and referral, etc.

How do I know if I should apply?

You should apply if you’re looking for a leadership development and learning opportunity; if you are interested in seeing how your work connects to the policy process; if you’re looking to get more involved in public policy; if you’d like to expand your personal and professional network.

What is the time commitment?

The CARE Fellowship requires participants to make a commitment to exploring public policy topics that impact child care and children in Minnesota and strengthening their understanding of the early childhood and development and afterschool systems in Minnesota.

  • Fellows meet once a month as a group between October 2018 and June 2019. The dates can be found here. We will meet from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Participants should also expect an additional 1-2 hours of work each month, including completing a policy project. While we realize things come up and conflicts can arise unexpectedly, you should plan to participate in all program activities if you are accepted as a Fellow.

Please note: Session dates are subject to change, but every effort is made to minimize schedule changes.

How much does the fellowship cost?

There is no charge to be a Fellow and attend the sessions. Lunch and snacks are provided at each session as well. The project is provided to the field by the organizations that make up the CARE Collaborative:

Child Care Aware of Minnesota, Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children-Minnesota School-Age Care Alliance, Minnesota Child Care Association, Think Small, and the YWCA Minneapolis.

We are unable to provide mileage or housing reimbursement.

How many applicants are accepted?

We will be accepting 20-25 Fellows. We seek to admit a cohort that is evenly balanced, looking at, but not limited to, geography, diversity, experience, interest, etc. Fellows will be announced by September 7, 2018.


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