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Child Care Regulation Modernization Projects

In 2021, the Minnesota legislature passed legislation and allocated federal funding to support regulation modernization projects for both licensed family child care and child care centers (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

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 family child care and child care centers. NARA will develop and implement a stakeholder engagement process that solicits input from licensed child care providers, county 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. This is due to be submitted to the legislature by February 1, 2024. Some components will need to be adopted into statute or administrative rule before they will take effect statewide. You can find additional information on the specific projects for family child care and child care centers by clicking on the boxes below.

Image: Family Child CareImage: Child Care Center


Please contact the project team with questions or comments at

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