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Child Care Centers Regulation Modernization Project

In 2021, the Minnesota legislature passed legislation and allocated federal funding to support regulation modernization projects for both licensed child care centers and family child care (MN Laws 2021, First Special Session, Chapter 7, Article 2, sections 75 and 81). The regulation modernization projects support the development of three components:

  • Key indicator systems for abbreviated inspections
  • Risk-based tiered violation systems
  • Revised licensing standards

The survey to provide feedback on the draft revised child care center licensing standards is now available.

Visual representation of the Child Care Regulation Modernization Projects

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has contracted with the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) to assist with developing these components for both licensed child care centers and family child care. NARA will develop and implement a stakeholder engagement process that solicits input from licensed child care providers, licensors, parents, experts in child development, staff from DHS, and others.  

NARA will collaborate with DHS to develop a report and proposed legislation to implement the new licensing tools and revised licensing standards. Some components will need to be adopted into statute or administrative rule before they will take effect statewide. A proposal with these recommended changes is anticipated prior to the 2025 legislative session.

This page contains information related to the Child Care Centers Regulation Modernization project. You may also visit the Child Care Regulation Modernization Projects overview page or the Family Child Care Regulation Modernization project page. Please contact the project team with questions or comments at

Not finding what you're looking for? If you are looking for information regarding the Provider Hub system for online licensing, certification, and Child Care Assistance Program registration, please visit the Child Care Systems Transformation website.

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