Child Care Aware Provider Services

Early Childhood Professionals & Caregivers

Minnesota depends on you! We count on you to nurture our children, prepare them for kindergarten and support their working parents.

We are here to help. Click on the tabs below to find out more information or contact your local Child Care Aware Staffer to help you with more information!


  • Professional Development
  • Becoming Licensed
  • Grants & Scholarships

Becoming Licensed

In Minnesota, family child care must meet standards for caregiver qualifications, physical environment, number of children per caregiver, behavior guidance, required policies and records, activities, and equipment. (View a complete description of the Minnesota Rules here.) Contact your local social services agency to request an application and to get information about becoming a licensed provider. At the time of application, the applicant and all specified household members, over the age of 13, must have a background study. A fire inspection may also be required under certain conditions. Many counties offer a licensing orientation meeting, where you can get an overview of the licensing process.

Child Care Licensing Contacts