Family Child Care Program
Welcome to the world of child care.
Thank you for your interest in the Family Child Care Program! Caring for children is a career which is both challenging and rewarding.
A child care provider may be the most important influence in the lives of children, after their parents. As with starting a new career
or a small business, preparation is involved.
The purpose of licensing is to protect the health, safety, and well being of children. The State of Minnesota has rules for those
who care for children. The following information and forms are provided to assist you in your application for Child Care Licensing in
When you provide child care you are required to be licensed unless you meet certain exemptions. If you meet those exemptions, you
do not need to become licensed. However, if you are providing care for any child and are hoping to be paid through the County's child
care assistance program, you must first become Legally Non-Licensed in order to receive payments. This is the case even when the child
is a relative.
The child care providers who are exempt from licensing are those who are caring for related children, or relatives in addition to
only children from one family that is not related. "Related" means a spouse, a parent, a natural or adopted child or stepchild, a
stepparent, a stepbrother, a stepsister, a niece, a nephew, an adoptive parent, a grandparent, a sibling, an aunt, an uncle, or a
legal guardian. More information is available upon request. Again, if you are to be paid by the county for providing care, first you
must be Legally Non-Licensed.
To get more information and access to required licensing forms, please visit the following page: