Below are some frequently asked questions about Develop. Click on the question to see the answer.

What is Develop?

Develop offers professional development and quality improvement tools to support early learning and school-age care. This is the one-stop shop where you and your organization can get the tools to build upon your success. Together, we are building a brighter future of all of Minnesota’s children. 

Who runs Develop?

Develop is funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services through the federal Child Care Development Fund Block Grant.

Achieve, the MN Center for Professional Development, plays a big part in operating and supporting the professional development features within Develop. Child Care Aware staff play a big part in operating and supporting the Quality Improvement features within Develop.  We are adding new partners all the time.

What does Develop do?

Develop is where you find all your early learning and school-age care education tools. With a single login, you will be connected to Achieve, the MN Center for Professional Development, Parent Aware and more. Just as you grow and improve every day, Develop is also continuously growing and improving. Below are some of the features of Develop:

Professional Development

  • Use self-assessment tools to identify opportunities for professional growth
  • Apply for a Develop Membership
  • Search for training opportunities online or in your area
  • Track your training history
  • Document your education
  • Print your Learning Record for your licensor
  • Earn a Career Lattice Step.

Quality Improvement

  • Apply for Parent Aware
  • Manage your staff’s professional development
  • Apply for building quality grants
  • Use Environment Self-Assessment tools to identify opportunities for quality improvement
  • Submit documentation about your program’s quality
  • Discover Relationship-Based Professional Development resources, such as coaching, consulting and mentoring.
What are the differences between Events and Courses?

Courses are content (theory, knowledge, and/or skills) delivered at a certain level of depth.

Events are instances of a course.

Who should use Develop?

Professional who work in the field of early learning and school-age care, or who support this work, will want to have Individual Accounts in Develop.

Are programs participating in Parent Aware required to use Develop?

Only licensed child care programs that are currently participating in Parent Aware are required to use Develop. Starting July 1, 2017, lead providers/teachers must have a Individual Membership in Develop and must identify their current employer by license number.

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The requirements are different for Head Start grantees (including their sites) and school districts (including their sites), in that:

  • No individual memberships are required.
  • Grantees and Districts are encouraged to register their Organizations and apply online, but they are not required to do so.
  • Head Start grantees and districts will be able to apply for Parent Aware on behalf of their sites without registering their sites.

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Develop 7.0 InformationWhat does it mean to have an account in Develop?

There are two types of accounts:

Individual Account

  • Keep track of your training Events
  • Locate, register and pay for training

Individual Membership

Includes the benefits of the Individual Account, plus:

  • Plan and track professional development through Achieve, the MN Center for Professional Development
  • Apply to become a Trainer or Relationship-Based Professional Development Specialist
  • Receive a membership card

In addition, you can have an Organization Accounts:

  • School-based pre-K programs
  • Early Childhood Special Education programs
  • Early Childhood Family Education programs
  • School-age care and education programs
  • After-school programs
  • Center-based child care programs
  • Family child care programs
  • Summer programs
  • Head Start grantees and sites
  • Child Care Aware agencies
  • Certified child care centers
  • Institutes of higher education
  • Training sponsors of all kinds

You can track the professional development of your staff, sign them up for training Events and become an approved Training Sponsor Organization.

Why do you need the last five digits of my Social Security Number?

We use the five numbers that you enter to verify your identity if you forget your password, and locate your account in Develop. However, you can enter five random numbers if you do not feel comfortable using your Social Security Number. Please note: Develop staff does not have access to these numbers.

Do I have to join Develop?

Participation in Develop is voluntary. Please note that some initiatives and employers do require some level of participation.

What is a Develop membership card?

What is a Develop membership Card?

Your card has your name, ID number and a Quick Response code that trainers can scan to quickly and accurately record your attendance at Training Events.

Note: Cards are not valid proof of current membership.

Front side of Develop membership card
Back side of Develop membership card

Who receives a Develop membership card?

Current members receive Develop membership cards in the mail. If you have never been a member or have an expired membership, you can receive a card by applying for your first membership or by renewing your membership. Your membership card will be mailed to you separately from your Career Lattice Step certificate. If you are unsure if your membership is current, sign in and check your account.

How can I use my Develop membership card?

Your Develop membership card can help make sure you get credit for training events you attend. Here's how it works:

  1. You show your Develop membership card to the Trainer or Event Organizer.
  2. Participating Trainers or Event Organizers scan your card with a smart phone or mobile device to easily take attendance. If trainers are not able to scan your card, they will use your name and Develop ID number to record your attendance.
  3. Once the trainer has recorded your attendance, the Training Event will appear on your Develop Learning Record.
How can I reset my password?

Click on the Login button in the upper right hand corner of the page. On the next page, click on Forgot Password?  Enter the email address on your Develop Account and click on Submit.  You'll recieve an email message will a link to change your password.

How do I get help?

People are ready and waiting to help you. Contact us and someone will get back to you within one business day.

For assistance in Hmong, Somali or Spanish, contact the Language Access Line provided through Child Care Aware of Minnesota.

  • 888-291-9811
  • 651-655-0150

Tool Tips

Keep an eye out for helpful Tool Tips throughout the Develop app. Tool Tips are marked by an icon that shows a question mark inside a circle (?). Expand the Tool Tip by clicking this icon with your mouse!