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Child Care Resources

ChildCare Aware of Minnesota helps families find child care and understand their care options. We also help child care providers through grants and education. For information call toll-free (888) 291-9811 or visit our website.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Care website has information about the Child Care Assistance Program, Child Development, Rules & Regulations governing child care services, etc. 

The St Louis County Child Care Providers web page lists a variety of information about laws and rules governing licensed child care, training resources, and links to documents & forms used by licensed providers. 

Paying for child care can be difficult for families with low incomes. Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) can help families who qualify.  See more information at the St Louis County Child Care Assistance web page.

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Family Child Care Licensing

In Minnesota, family child care is licensed under DHS Rule 2 (Licensing of Family Child Care Facilities).

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.

Family and Group Day Care Rule Summary for Parents Informational fact sheet for parents of children in licensed family and group family day care summarizing licensing rules.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services delegates licensing of family child care to counties. In St Louis County contact the Public Health & Human Services Department.

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Operating a Licensed Family Daycare: A Necessary Service and Small Business Opportunity Article


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