Lisa Thompson was named ombuds by Governor Tim Walz and started the position in July 2022. As ombudsperson, her responsibility is to advocate on behalf of family child care providers regarding licensing, compliance issues, and other areas of concern. In the coming months, a new website will launch with information about the Ombudsperson for Family Child Care Providers (OFCCP). If you would like to reach Lisa, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone number is 612-322-2241. If you would like to talk with Lisa and need an interpreter, one will be provided.
2022 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made changes in 2022 for family child care. Information about these changes is available in this 2022 Implementation Plan (PDF).
A new Family Child Care Orientation is now available for potential applicants.
Family child care providers can now subscribe to receive important information, including legislative changes, from DHS Licensing.
Do not reply to emails sent to you, as they will not be read or forwarded for handling. Your email address is used only to deliver the information you requested.
DHS has begun to implement the enhanced background studies that will impact all licensed child care programs. This also impacts all certified licensed-exempt centers. (Non-licensed providers participating in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) are also impacted by these changes.) These new enhanced background studies are required by changes in federal law. For more information on the new study requirements, go to Minnesota child care provider background studies.
The federal Office of Child Care has informed states that they are able to use certain child care block grant funds to help providers pay for the new enhanced background studies.
Accordingly, DHS will pay for the cost of the new background studies for existing providers and their staff/family members who already have a current background study when the new enhanced studies are rolled out. (Non-licensed providers participating in CCAP will also have their costs covered and will receive a separate letter from DHS.)
When a child is admitted in a child care program a Family Child Care Admission and Arrangement Form must be signed completed and kept in the child’s record. Within this form the license holder needs to complete the liability insurance notification, permission to obtain emergency medical care and authorization to transport a child. Prior to transporting children under the age of nine the caregiver must complete the required training.
License holders must notify parents in writing if they have or do not have liability insurance prior to admission. This notification may be included on the Admission and Arrangement form. If the license holder does not have liability insurance coverage they must provide annual notice to parents on this DHS form. If the license holder has coverage and the policy changes or lapses they must provide notice to parents on this DHS form; however, if there are no changes to the continuous coverage no further notices are required.
License holders must complete the following information for all children you have cared for over the last 12 months, whether they are still in care or not and whether they are full or part time. Evaluations will be sent to at least two of these parents.
Documentation of immunizations must be in a child’s record. An immunization print out from a medical facility is a medical record and will meet the documentation requirement. It does not need a signature. If there are medical or non-medical exemptions, section 1 parts A and/or B of the immunization form will need to be completed and a signature is required. If a child has already had chickenpox and will not be vaccinated, Section 2 needs to be completed and signed.
When a child has an allergy, the parent must complete and sign the DHS approved Family Child Care Allergy Information Form. This must be completed before the child is admitted. The signed form must be in the child’s records.
As of Sept. 30, 2019 you must give this document to parents of children who enroll in your program. Parents can acknowledge receipt of this document by using the checkbox on the Admission and Arrangements form. You are not required to distribute this document to currently enrolled families, but you must make them available upon request.
When an infant is present
When an infant is present in a program, parents or a physician or in some situations an advanced practice registered nurse may need to complete the following forms if they apply. The signed and completed form must be in the child’s records. See Minnesota Statue 245A.1435.
Placing a swaddled infant down to sleep in a licensed setting is not recommended and is prohibited for any infant who has begun to roll over independently. However, with written consent of the parent and a one-piece sleeper equipped with an attached system that fasten securely only across the upper torso, with no constriction of the hips or legs a license holder may swaddle an infant. The DHS required form must be completed and signed in the child’s record.
When an infant is present in the program the caregiver must place the infant to sleep on its back to sleep. An infant who independently rolls onto its stomach after being placed to sleep on its back may be allowed to remain sleeping on its stomach if the infant is at least six months of age or the license holder has a signed statement from the parent indicating that the infant regularly rolls over at home. This documentation must be in a child’s record. This form may be used to fulfill this requirement.
When an infant is present the license holder must place the infant to sleep on its back unless the license holder has documentation from the infant's physician, advance practice registered nurse, or physician assistant directing an alternative sleeping position for the infant. This DHS required permission form must be completed and signed in the child’s record.
Only when a swimming pool or wading pool is in use the following forms would need to be completed
When a wading pool is used these forms are required for each child in care. The risk sheet will be given to parents and the permission form must be signed in the child’s records.
When a swimming pool is used these forms are required for each child in care. The risks sheet will be given to parents and the permission form must be signed in the child’s records.
The licensed program must maintain annual documentation on cribs against the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Web to check equipment for recalls. Monthly safety inspections on every crib, portable crib, mesh-sided or fabric-sided play yard, pack and play, or playpen used by or accessible to any child in care must be conducted and documented. This form may be used to fulfill this requirement.
The licensed program must have a written fire escape plan and a log of monthly fire and storm drills. This form may be used to fulfill this requirement.
License holders are required to complete the Certificate of Compliance of Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Law form with each application (initial and renewal)
License holders must have a policy that prohibits license holders, employees, subcontractors, and volunteers, when directly responsible for persons served by the program, from abusing prescription medication or being in any manner under the influence. This policy can be contained within the license holders written policies to fulfill this requirement or this form may be used.
License holders must have a program grievance procedure for parents. This policy can be contained within the license holders written policies to fulfill this requirement or this form may be used.
State law requires licensed providers to use this form to create an emergency preparedness plan.
License holders must have emergency phone numbers of the parents and the child’s physician and dentist must be readily available. This form may be used to fulfill this requirement.
License holders do not need keep a copy in their records, however, a descriptive summary of parts 9502.0315 to 9502.0445 shall be distributed to parents.
Providers are required to maintain a log of monthly fire and storm drills. This form may be used to meet that requirement.
License holders’ policies must have written information available for discussion with parents or the agency. They must contain the following information:
This document offers definitions for age groups along with a chart of child/adult ratios.
If you are requesting reconsideration of your correction order, you can complete this form to request it be reviewed more quickly.
This document is required when making a request for clarification of an interpretation of a licensing requirement during the annual visit.
This document is a guide to assist you with the development of policies and procedures required to operate a licensed family child care program. Please use the check boxes throughout the document to verify that all required content is up to date and is available for your licensing review. There is space on the last page for additional documentation should you need it.
When a fire marshal inspection is requested for a property that is not owned by the licensor holder this form must be completed.
Providers are required to obtain written permission to administer prescription and non-prescription medication. This form may be used to meet this requirement.
This is a guide to understanding safe sleep and training requirements for infants.
This form may be used to report a serious injury or death of a child in care to your county agency.
This document is optional to track the number of hours, names and dates a substitute was used to provide care.
Once the viewing of the off year video training is completed you may use this document to offer verification that you met this requirement.
From September 30, 2020, to September 30, 2021, licensors will offer technical assistance during all annual licensing inspections (re-licensing and off-year) to determine whether a provider is in compliance with the new requirements listed on this document.
This form may be used to authorize permission for the provider to transport children in a vehicle, use public transportation or participate in an activity away from childcare setting.
This is a flow chart to help determine when a background study is necessary.
Licensors are required to issue a Fix-It Ticket for certain violations identified by the Commissioner that do not imminently endanger the health, safety, or rights of children. The Fix-It Ticket provides an opportunity for the provider to correct eligible violations and avoid receiving a correction order for these violations if they are corrected within the allotted time-frame.
This document contains a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) created by the Minnesota Department of Health regarding the topic of Infant Safe Sleep
This document is required if you will be using a substitute caregiver for more than 500 hours. This request should be made to your licensor. DHS recommends submitting variance requests no later than 30 days prior to the time you anticipate exceeding the allotted 500 hours.
This document is to provide best practices when using wading pools.
Minnesota law requires licensed family child care providers, adult caregivers and substitutes to take initial training before caring for children and/or licensure. As a caregiver you may want to use this form to track your ongoing training. This is not a required form.
Minnesota law requires helpers in the child care home to take initial and ongoing training when caring for children. As a caregiver you may want to track the training of your helpers. This is not a required form.
Minnesota counties perform the major functions related to licensing of family child care programs. County responsibilities include:
Licensed Family Child Care Providers are required to follow Minnesota Statues, Chapter 245A and Minnesota Rule 9502 that is also known as Rule 2. Rules and statutes are available on-line at the following links. Licensed Holders are responsible for understanding and following these laws:
Second adult caregivers that work for a cumulative total of more than 500 hours annually are required to:
Adult caregivers that works for a cumulative total of less than 500 hours annually are required to:
Substitute means an adult at least 18 years of age who assumes the responsibility of the license holder for a cumulative total of not more than 500 hours annually.
Helper means a person at least 13 years of age and less than 18 years of age who assists the provider with the care of children. A helper can never be left alone with children. Helpers are required to:
This 4-page fact sheet, Training Requirements for Licensed Family Child Care Providers DHS-7672 (PDF), answers questions providers may have, including requirements for different roles, initial training requirements ongoing training requirements, definition of "annual", training not required annually, and resources.
Sixteen hours annually must be completed. "Annual" or "annually" means the 12-month period beginning on the license effective date or the annual anniversary of the effective date and ending on the day prior to the annual anniversary of the license effective date.
Child Development and Learning or Behavior Guidance is required each licensing year. You can choose one or the other from the following to meet this requirement:
Active Supervision (also known as Supervising for Safety) is required by completing a two hour course annually. Although it is KCF VII.B., not all courses in this KCF meet this requirement. Course titles that start with "Active Supervision" and the courses Health and Safety I or Health and Safety II count toward this requirement in the year it was taken.
Health and Safety I (KCF VII.A and KCF VII.B) must be completed once every five years.
Health and Safety II (KCF VII.A and KCF VII.B) must be completed once every five years.
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) training and Abusive head trauma (AHT) training (KCF VII.B) is required for all license holders, staff persons, caregivers, and helpers who assist in the care of infants.
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) videos
The Department of Human Services has approved the following series of videos to meet the SUID component when individuals are not receiving face-to-face, classroom, or online SUID training. All videos must be viewed to meet the SUID training requirement.
Please Note: The videos below include portrayals of infant sleep environments in private, non-licensed, homes that are not subject to the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.1435. Licensed child care providers must comply with statutory safe sleep requirements when sleeping infants including nothing in the crib except for an infant’s pacifier. In addition, attachments or modifications to the crib are prohibited.
Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) videos
The Department of Human Services has approved the following series of videos to meet the AHT component when license holders are not receiving face-to-face, classroom, or online AHT training. All videos must be viewed to meet the AHT training requirement.
While no specific method of verification is required, you may print and sign the Family Child Care SUID/AHT 'Off-year' Video Training Verification DHS-3803 (PDF) to document that you watched each of the videos to fulfill your training requirement
Pediatric CPR (KCF VII.B) every two years that must include techniques for infants and children.
Pediatric first aid (KCF VII.B) every two years
Child Restraint Systems (C.A.R.S.) training (KCF VII.B) must be completed every five years if transporting children under the age of eight. If you are not transporting children you do not need to complete this course.
Basics of Licensed Family Child Care for Substitutes (KCF II.B) is required for substitutes or adult caregivers every three years. This four hour course must be completed before caring for children.
Provides financial assistance to help families with low incomes pay for child care. For more information, visit the department's child care and early education webpage, email email@example.com or call 651-431-3809.
Expands access to high quality programs by partnering with local entities to renovate or construct new early learning facilities. Grants are provided under a competitive request for proposals process administered by the department's Office of Economic Opportunity. For more information call 651-431-3808 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Care Aware of Minnesota offers a number of grants and scholarships to people in the field, including regional grants, R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonuses, T.E.A.C.H. Scholarships, CDA Scholarships and Foreign Credential Evaluation Scholarships.
Family child care providers are encouraged to submit questions to the Licensing Division for review. These provider questions allow the Licensing Division to determine where more clarification on licensing requirements can be provided. Your question will be sent to DHS. DHS will consult with your county licensor before replying with an answer to your question. Your county licensor will be copied on DHS’ response to your question.
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Phone: Twin Cities metro: 651-431-3968 or the toll-free line: 1-800-627-9977
Online form: https://fraudhotline.dhs.mn.gov/