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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. 

  • Contact your county or tribal social service agency if you are interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider.
  • Parent Aware has information for families to find quality child care and early education, and tools for providers looking for professional development or to improve quality. 
  • Licensing Information Lookup has information about licensed providers in Minnesota.  
  • A Guide to Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is a plain-language handbook for people interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in Minnesota. It provides information about the license application process and about what is required of licensed family child care programs. In addition to publishing on our webpage, the Department of Human Services and each county agency will have paper copies available for review. 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

On June 30, 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 the most up-to-date information about the timelines for ending the modifications to licensing or certification requirements that were in place during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

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Special Family Child Care

Rules, roles, definitions

Legislative changes

2020 legislative session: The Minnesota Legislature made changes in 2020 for family child care. Information about these changes is available in an Implementation Plan for 2020 Legislative Changes for Family Child Care. 

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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