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CARE Fellowship FAQs

CARE Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I should apply?

You should apply if you’re passionate about early childhood and/or school-age care, looking for a leadership development and learning opportunity, interested in seeing how your work connects to the policy process, looking to get more involved in public policy, or to expand your personal and professional network.

How many applicants are accepted?

We will be accepting 20-25 Fellows. The CARE Collaborative seeks to admit a cohort that is representative of multiple demographics, including, but not limited to: geography, experience, interest, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc.

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 YWCA Minneapolis.

Who is eligible to participate?

The CARE (Child Care Advocates Ready to Emerge) Fellowship is designed specifically for people in the early childhood and/or school-age care fields such as:

  • Child care center directors and staff
  • Family child care providers
  • School-age care providers
  • Head Start teachers
  • Preschool teachers
  • Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) teachers
  • Home visitors
  • Trainers
  • Professors of higher education
  • Child care resource and referral

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 development and school-age care systems in Minnesota.

Fellows meet once a month as a group between October and June. We meet from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. 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.


The application period for the 2018-19 CARE Fellowship cohort has closed.