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Licensed child care centers

This page has information about licensing of child care centers, which are generally characterized by a location other than the provider’s or caregiver’s home, larger numbers of children being cared for, and staff qualifications and training requirements.

Licensing child care helps protect the health and safety of children by requiring that providers meet minimum standards for care and physical environment. The Department of Human Services is responsible for licensing and monitoring child care centers for compliance with licensing requirements. 

News and updates

Find details about recent changes in Licensing below. For previously published items visit the archives page. Subscribe to receive licensing news updates.

Changes in policies and procedures

This summary contains information about statutory changes made in 2017 and 2018 that impact DHS licensed programs, including licensed child care centers. 

2018 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made changes in 2018 for licensed child care centers. Information about these changes is available in an Implementation Plan for 2018 Legislative Changes for Licensed Child Care Centers

2017 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made a number of changes in 2017 for licensed of child care centers. This information is in A Guidance Document for Licensed Child Care Centers (PDF). Changes for licensed child care centers are also detailed below.



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