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Certified child care centers

The Department of Human Services is responsible for certifying and monitoring license-exempt child care centers that participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). Certification helps protect the health and safety of children by requiring that providers meet minimum standards for care and physical environment. 

Information on how to obtain child care center certification

In Minnesota, a license-exempt child care center that participates in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is required by state law to become certified prior to becoming authorized to receive CCAP payments. Information and resources are available about the process of applying for certification.

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Provider Hub

The Provider Hub is the online system to manage existing certification(s) and apply for new certification(s). The Provider Hub is available to providers 24/7 and is accessible on mobile devices, tablets, and computers. The Provider Hub supports English, Somali, Spanish, and Hmong languages.

Existing Certification Holders: Current certification holders have a provider account for each Center Operator and should not create a new account. The Provider Hub allows child care providers to:

  • Apply for certification for a new center location
  • Add additional users to access program information
  • Manage existing certified centers, including requesting changes and submitting information for the annual certification review
  • Communicate with assigned licensor
  • Access links and resources

Existing Center Operators received login information in April 2023. If you are an existing Center Operator and need assistance accessing the Hub, you can now search for Help Articles, open a Product Experience Support Case from the Provider Hub, or call our Product Experience Support Team at (651) 431-6075.

For technical questions about the Provider Hub, including issues registering for or accessing your account, submit a case through the Provider Hub or call 651-431-6075.

New Certification Holders: An organization that does not currently operate a certified program will create a new provider account in the Provider Hub. For more information, visit the Applying for Certified, License-Exempt Child Care webpage.

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Changes in policies and procedures

Health and safety requirements

Emergency preparedness


Background study requirements

Staffing requirements

Training requirements

Parental access

Certified centers must include a statement in both the staff and parent policies that a parent or legal guardian must be allowed access to their child at any time their child is in care.

Legal authority: Minn. Stat. 245H.18

Forms and other documents

Certification renewals, fees, and changes


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