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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. 

Child Care Regulation Modernization

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. Visit the Child Care Regulation Modernization page to learn more about these ongoing efforts.

Child Care Systems Transformation

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has completed the first phase of the child care systems transformation project for certified child care centers. Certified centers now have access to the Provider Hub. Additional phases and functions continue to be developed. Visit the Child Care Systems Transformation page to learn more about this continued project which will include Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) registration and renewal.

News and updates

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The Minnesota Legislature voted to end the state peacetime emergency effective Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Licensing’s COVID-19 webpage provides counties, tribes, providers and members of the public with information about the timelines for ending the modifications to licensing or certification requirements that were in place during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Background studies

Forms and other documents

Special Family Child Care

Rules, roles, definitions

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.


Frequently asked questions

Family child care frequently asked questions address a variety of topics asked by providers.

Grants, scholarships and resources

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