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Programs and Providers

Wayfinder button v2 resizedWelcome! This page describes resources that may be useful to you as an existing or aspiring early care and education provider. Use the drop-down lists below to find information on topics you are looking for.
If this page does not answer your questions, or you would like to connect with a person who will help you find what you need, connect with the Child Care Wayfinder Network through Child Care Aware of Minnesota.
Another helpful resource is this Child Care and Education: Help for you at every stage guide from the Department of Human Services, which walks you through the steps of starting and building a program and points to partners who can help you at each step along the way.

Child Care Program Supports

Financial Resources

Workforce Resources

Health Care Resources for Providers

Responding to COVID-19

Overview of Program Types & Licensing and Regulation

There are many different types of early care and education programs, with different regulatory bodies and different rules to follow.

About this information

The information provided here reflects the coordinated efforts of the Governor's Children's Cabinet, the Department of Education, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Health, Minnesota Management and Budget, and other agencies' expertise. Coordinated efforts are ongoing and information will continue to be updated to reflect changes. 

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