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Licensed family child care

Counties perform the major functions related to licensing of family child care programs in Minnesota, including inspections and issuing correction orders. This page focuses on the state's role in monitoring and enforcement of family child care. It also has information family child care providers need to obtain and maintain their licenses. 

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Special Family Child Care

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Legislative changes

This summary contains information about statutory changes made in 2017, 2018 and 2019 that impact DHS licensed programs, including licensed family child care. 

2019 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made changes in 2019 for family child care. Information about these changes is available in an Implementation Plan for 2019 Legislative Changes for Family Child Care. 

2018 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made changes in 2018 for family child care. Information about these changes is available in an Implementation Plan for 2018 Legislative Changes for Family Child Care. 

2017 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made a number of changes in 2017 for family child care.  Information about these changes is available in an Implementation Plan for 2017 Legislative Changes for Family Child Care. Changes for family child care are also detailed below.

Family Child Care Task Force

The 2019 Legislature established and directed the Family Child Care Task Force to discuss and make recommendations related to family child care licensing and the Parent Aware program. Task force members include family child care providers, parents, legislators, DHS, and appointees from various child care-related organizations.

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