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Tools and Resources Think Small is home to one of the country’s leading early childhood publishers, a 4,000 item early childhood library, and the state’s largest early childhood education division. Parents and professionals turn to us for resources, materials, and our staff’s deep knowledge base. With many Somali, Spanish, East African, Lao, Vietnamese, Hmong, Redleaf Press, a division of Think Small, has made a sig- Karen, Oromo, and Amharic speakers on staff, we are very nificant impact on the early childhood field since 1973 and accessible and knowledgeable. continues to generate exceptional products that are used by teachers, providers, and other professionals. Last year, we published 23 curriculum, management, and business resources by nationally recognized experts. Think Small Minneapolis Think Small St. Paul To learn more about how technology HENNEPIN RAMSEY WASHINGTON ANOKA is changing the way educators teach, and read a sample chapter, scan the QR code with your smartphone or tablet. CARVER Minnesota’s Parent Aware SCOTT quality rating system helps parents find child care and DAKOTA early education providers who are focused on high-quality early learning and kinder- Shown above are the 38 communities in Minnesota’s urban center where we offered classes last year (in 73 separate locations). Professional development takes place during garten readiness. The one-to-four-star rating system, a free service, measures research-based best practices that help children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. most weekday evenings and Saturdays in our two offices achieve three- and four-star ratings during the pilot of care programs, and wherever there are students. Course- Parent Aware. This year, we will train hundreds of provid- work covers everything from curricula and best business ers as part of a three year rollout to make Parent Aware practices to health and safety in the child care setting. page 8 We successfully trained and supported providers to as well as in dozens of community centers, schools, child available statewide.