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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. 

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.

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Certification application process

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.

Changes in policies and procedures

Health and safety requirements

Background study requirements

Staffing requirements

Training requirements

Forms and other documents

Certification renewals, fees and changes


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