Choosing a Provider

Choosing the Proper Child Care Provider

The provider you choose may be a licensed or unlicensed provider. You may choose more than one provider, although the amount of care authorized for a child can not exceed 120 hours in a two-week period of time.

A licensed provider may be center-based, a family home provider, a nursery / preschool, or extended school day program. Think Small, available by calling 651-641-0332, can provide referrals for potential licensed centers and licensed family home providers.

Parent Aware, Minnesota’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, can also provide helpful tips and information to help families find quality child care that fits an individual’s needs.
A non-licensed provider must be over the age of 18 and pass a background study check. There is a $100 fee to cover the cost of the background study. The fee and background study must be completed every two years.