Licensing help for child care providers
The Department of Human Services (DHS) Licensing Division has a critical role in monitoring and supporting health and safety in approximately 10,600 licensed child care programs in Minnesota. Licensure provides the necessary oversight mechanisms to ensure child care is provided in a healthy and safe environment, provided by qualified people, and can meet the developmental needs of all children in care.
Child Care Systems Transformation
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has begun a child care systems transformation initiative to improve and integrate the information technology systems used for the licensing, certification, and Child Care Assistance Program registration of child care providers in Minnesota. A new system will be implemented for child care licensing and Child Care Assistance Program registration at both the state and county level. Visit the Child Care Systems Transformation page to learn more.
Alternate Child Care Licensing Models
In 2021, the Minnesota legislature directed the Department of Human Services to review child care models that are not currently allowed under state statutes and make recommendations on new model(s) that could address the state's child care needs. The Alternate Licensing Models Report outlines the department's findings and recommendations.