is Minnesota's resource for locating licensed providers in your area.
DHS Licensing Lookup
shows the current license status of licensed providers, and any corrective licensing actions the provider has received. If you have concerns about your daycare, contact MN DHS Maltreatment Intake and Licensing Complaints
St. Louis County has maps to help you locate a licensed provider near you. The Northern St. Louis County
map includes Hibbing, Virginia, Aurora, Babbitt, Chisholm, Cook, Ely, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hoyt Lakes, Mountain Iron, Orr, and Winton. The Southern St. Louis County
map includes Duluth, Hermantown, Floodwood, Proctor, Saginaw, and the St. Louis portions of Cloquet.
Child Care Assistance Program
How to Apply:
Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, or via fax (218-733-2992) at any of these offices:
Government Services Center
320 W. 2nd St.
Duluth MN 55802
Northland Office Center - 2nd Floor
307 S. 1st St.
Virginia MN 55792
Hibbing Courthouse Annex
1814 E. 14th Ave.
Hibbing MN 55746
Ely Government Services Center
118 S 4th Ave
Ely MN 55731
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on Federal holidays.
Child Care providers must be registered in order to be reimbursed by child care assistance. If you are a provider you may register by calling 218-726-2064
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis County is responsible for licensing family child care homes in the county. Providers who care for children from more than one family must be licensed. The county conducts orientations, background studies, home interviews, safety checks, recommends licensure, conducts investigations, and supports providers in meeting the health and safety needs of the children in the providers’ care.
To be licensed by St Louis County the following must be completed:
- Attend Orientation Meeting
- Application Paperwork
- Background Check
- Training Requirements
- Home Visit by a Licensor
- Fire Inspection
Once you and your home are in full compliance with child care licensing rules, the county will recommend that the Minnesota Department of Human Services issue you a license.
The licensing process will generally take between 5 to 9 months to complete. Barriers to licensure can include:
- Background checks – everyone in your household or working in the day care must receive clearance.
- Fences – locations near heavy traffic, railroads, or water hazards such as ponds, marshes, lakes, pools, or water features may require a fence.
- Fire inspection and safety requirements – you may need to make changes to your home after fire or licensing inspections.
- Your house – a licensor will check all areas of your house and property for certain safety items.
The first step to becoming licensed in St. Louis County is to attend one of our Orientation Meetings. To sign up to attend one of these meetings please contact us.
2019 Child Care Licensing Orientation Dates (PDF)