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.

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.