Licensing Process

Process for Family Child Care Licensing

The orientation meeting is designed to give you an overview of child care, an explanation of licensing regulations, and an opportunity to ask questions. All the forms needed to begin the licensing process will be given to you at that meeting. Following the orientation meeting, at least two home visits will be made. The first home visit will be scheduled as soon as possible after you let us know that you are interested in continuing the licensing process. The second home visit will be held after all required paper work is completed, safety inspections have been done, and any safety problems in the home are corrected. The licensing process can be completed in one to six months.

The licensing standards include health and safety regulations, child/adult ratio requirements, discipline guidelines, and the training and equipment requirements to maintain a child care license. Family child care applicants must meet the following training requirements before a license will be issued: Child Growth and Development/Behavior Guidance (4 hours), Supervising for Safety (6 hours), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), First Aid, and CPR (including techniques for infants and children).

A child care license is not required if care is provided only to children related to the family by blood or marriage and/or to one unrelated family. All others must be licensed according to the Minnesota Family Child Care Standards 9502.0300-9502.0445.

Before making a decision about doing child care, please consider the following questions which are quoted from Day Care for Other People’s Children in Your Home published by the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

“Does the idea of taking care of children appeal to you? Do you truly like children? Is this the kind of job you really want? Do you have the time and energy to care for other people’s children as well as your own family? Would you earn enough to make it worthwhile? Your family should have some income already. If you have a spouse and children, have you talked over your plan with them? How will your spouse feel about such work for you? Will it bother him/her having other people’s children 'taking over' the house-maybe causing meals to be late, disrupting family routines? Will your children agree to share your time, their home, and their toys with outside children? Are you interested only in preschool children or will you give care after school? If so, what about school holidays when full time care is needed?”

If you have any questions regarding licensing, feel free to call 651-430-6455.