The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and local county offices license child care centers and family child care providers to ensure they meet minimum standards for care and physical environments.
Many public records related to child care providers' licenses can be viewed through the Licensing Information Lookup website. You might find this helpful in selecting a child care provider or learning if action has been taken against a current provider.
You can search for information about a provider by name, license number, program type, county, ZIP code or city.
You can see the status of a current provider's license, including recent and some past corrective action that may have been ordered. Actions taken when minimum license standards are not met include correction orders and conditional licenses. Additional actions also may be taken, including denying an application or imposing a fine, suspending a license or revoking a license.
County offices license family child care providers, under delegation from DHS. State rules and laws set requirements for family child care and group family child care providers. It covers items such as:
Caregiver qualifications and training
Licensed capacity, child-to-adult ratios and age distribution requirements
Admission and provider records
Physical environment, including activities and equipment; sanitation and health; water, food and nutrition.
DHS licenses child care centers, which include programs that provide child care, preschool/nursery programs, Head Start programs, night care, drop-in and sick care for fewer than 24 hours a day in a setting that is not a residence.
License requirements follow state laws and rules that cover items such as:
Staff qualifications and training
Child-to-staff ratios and age distribution requirements
A written child care program plan that addresses items listed below.
Age categories and number of children served
Goals and objectives
Each child's progress
For a child with special needs, an individual child care program plan must be developed to meet that child's individual needs upon enrollment.
Written polices addressing
Health, including first aid, safety and sanitation