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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. 

News and updates

Find details about recent communications regarding Certification below. For previously published items visit the archives page.

Certification application process

Minnesota Statute 245H was passed in 2017 outlining requirements for License-exempt Certified Child Care Centers.  In January of 2018, DHS released Certification of License-Exempt Child Care Centers: A guidance document for implementation (PDF). This guidance document is recommended for centers seeking to apply for certification.

Centers can signify their interest in becoming certified by completing and submitting a Certification Pre-application Information Form (PDF). This will allow the Department to send you a link to an online platform where you will complete the application process.

For information on the use of the online platform please see this frequently asked questions document (PDF).

Center Operators will receive a user-specific login and password email in order to access the online platform where the final steps for certification must be completed.  In the online platform, centers are required to submit these six documents prior to being granted certification:

Health and safety requirements

Background study requirements

Staffing requirements

Training requirements

Forms and other documents

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Certification renewals, fees and changes


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