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Licensed Child Care Providers

As a child care provider, you must be familiar with and compliant with what is commonly referred to as Rule 2 or Minnesota Statute 9502, the state rule for Family Child Care. Other legislation also regulates child care. Much of this legislation is found in Chapters 245A and 245C of the Human Services Licensing Act. The Data Practices Act has bearing on child care. The Department of Health Chapters 4717 and 144 also apply to child care. Minnesota Statutes 626.556 guide the reporting of maltreatment of minors. A brief description follows with links to the specific legislation. 

Parts 9502.0300 Rule 2 or Minnesota Rules – 9502.0445 set licensing standards for family child care and group family child care homes to provide for the protection, proper care, health, safety and development of children enrolled in child care. 

Minnesota Statutes Chapter 245A of the Human Services Licensing Act defines the application process, sanctions and due process. Changes in law are frequently made by the state legislature.
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 245C of the Human Services Licensing Act pertains to the background study laws.

Minnesota State Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshall Child Care Information Sheet. This fire safety information sheet is based upon the 2007 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC) and 2007 Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC). The requirements outlined in this information sheet apply to Group R-3 (One and Two Family Dwellings) used for licensed child care.

The Data Practices Act or Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 defines data and guides the handling of that data. 

The Minnesota Department of Health Chapter 4717 establishes the regulations for pool usage.

The Minnesota Department of Health Chapter 144.414, subpart 2 covers smoking prohibitions.

Minnesota Statute 626.556 defines abuse and neglect and covers reporting and investigation laws.

A series of two Orientation meetings are required for anyone wishing to become a licensed family child care provider.

When You Do Not Need to be Licensed

Under Minnesota Statutes Section 245A.03 the following day care situations are excluded from licensure under parts 9502.0315 to 9502.0445:

  • Day care provided by a relative to only related children; or
  • Day care provided to children from a single, unrelated family, for any length of time; or
  • Day care provided for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12-month period


Immunization Guide
The Minnesota Department of Health has recently published an information guide regarding immunization  laws for child care providers and early childhood programs – “Health Kids Are Everybody’s Job - A Guide to Minnesota’s Immunization Law for Child Care Providers and Early Childhood Programs. You can find this guide here:


Child Care Training Resources

Active Supervision, What Else is in Your Home - This training meets the requirements for ongoing annual supervision training for licensed child care providers. 

                  WHEN: February 7, 2017
                  WHERE: Northland Office Center, 307 1st St. S, Room 2R, Virginia
                   TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Training is free; seating is limited to the first 15 providers.  Call: 218-726-2400 to register

Eager-to-Learn - An innovative, community based, e-learning program of the Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network. Visit Eager to Learn... 

MNStreams - Online connection to Child Care Resource & Referral training, grants and opportunities available statewide. Visit MNStreams...

Care Courses - An international distance learning school offering terrific distance learning training for early childhood professionals, child care providers and parents. Visit Care Courses...

Child Care Lounge - Participate in child care training when you need it, without leaving the comfort of your own home. Visit Child Care Lounge...

Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development & Outdoor Play (HSBS) - Dedicated to promoting physical activity, outdoor play, nature-based learning and development, and healthy lifestyles for young children and their families.  The website is full of resources and ideas to help you bring active play and meaningful movement to your Head Start, early childhood program, or day care center – both indoors and out! You'll also find online professional development opportunities and tools and guidance to help you enhance your play space or create an outdoor classroom. Families can find activities and tools to inspire creative, movement-based play and healthy food choices at home.  Visit HSBS

Healthy Child America – The HCCA program is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. Visit Healthy Child America...

Legal Non-Licensed Training Reimbursement - Legally non-licensed providers are required to take First Aid and CPR training prior to being registered to care for children who receive Child Care Assistance (CCAP). Click here for training opportunities information.

Family Child Care Licensing Forms

MN Department of Human Services Child Care Licensing Forms

Background Check Permission form– This form must be filled out for anyone 13 and older residing in the home or working in the program. A $25 fee (up to $100 per licensing period) is required along with this form. 

Capacity Graph - This graph outlines capacity limits for family and group family child care licenses. 

Immunization Form - A form for parents of children to complete before admission into the program. This form is kept on file at the family day care home. Form contains current immunization information for each child. Immunization information must be on file before a child attends child care. 

Information Sheet - This fire safety information sheet is based upon the 2007 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC), 2007 Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) and the 2007 International Residential Code (IRC). The requirements outlined in this information sheet apply to Group R-3 (One and Two Family Dwellings) used for licensed child care. The information covers Exits, Approved Escape Windows, Window Wells, Stairs and Protection of Openings, Smoke Alarms, Fire Extinguishers, etc. 

Insurance Coverage Statement - The Minnesota Rule governing family child care indicates that “A provider shall have a certificate of insurance for the residence for general liability coverage for bodily injury in the amount of at least $100,000 per person and $250,000 per occurrence: if the provider has …lesser limits or no liability coverage, the provider shall give written notice…to parents…”

Child Care Policy - SAMPLE

Daily Attendance Record - This form is used to track children's attendance dates and times

Family Child Care Variance Brochure - These are some important guidelines licensing staff will use when evaluating a request for a variance submitted by a license holder.

Family Child Care Variance Request- This is the form licensed providers can use to submit a request for a variance of the licensing rule. 

Family Day Care Admissions and Arrangements - A form for parents of children in licensed family day care to complete before admission into the program. The form is kept on file at the family day care home. This form contains information a provider would need in case of an emergency.

Family Day Care Provider Training Record- This form summarizes training requirements and provides a place for providers to list the training they have attended.

Family Systems Application- The Family Systems Application Form is an application form for a license to provide family day care, adult foster care, family adult day services and for adult foster care alternate overnight supervision technology. 

Fire & Storm Drill Record form - Use this form to record your Annual Fire and Storm Drills

Floor and Escape Plan - A form for providers of licensed family child care providers to draw a floor plan of their home and designate emergency information. 

Freedom to Breathe in Family Day Care - How Minnesota's Freedom to Breathe Provisions apply to Family Home and Group Family Day Care Providers. 

Monthly Crib Inspection Safety Form - This form is to be used by licensed child care providers for monthly crib inspections and yearly recall checks. 

Parental Consent for Swaddling an Infant - This form is written consent from the child's parent/s for swaddling the child.  Placing a swaddled infant to sleep in a licensed setting is NOT recommended for an infant of any age and is otherwise prohibited for any infant who has begun to roll over independently.

Permission to Administer Over the Counter Medications

Permission to Administer Prescription Medications

Physician Directive for Alternative Infant Sleep Position - The licensed provider must place infants on his/her back for sleep unless the provider has a signed directive from a physician for an alternate sleep position.  This form is the approved format to direct an alternative sleep position and must remain on file at the licensed location.  This form must be signed by the child's physician.

Request for Fire Inspection - This form is used by family day care, group family day care, child foster care and child care center providers licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to request a fire inspection from the State Fire Marshal's Office and/or your local fire department.  

Safe Infant Sleep in Child Care - A Sample Policy for use in Child Care. 

Wading Pool Fact Sheet - Risks of Wading Pools at Child Care homes.

Wading Pool Permission form- A letter form from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to parents of children in licensed child care asking them to grant or deny permission for their child/children to use a wading pool. 

Weather Watch - Useful information about Heat Index & Wind Chill

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