Interested in starting a career as a child care provider? If you love children, would like to run your own business, and want an important and rewarding career, we have the tools and resources to get you started.

Become a provider

Do you want to care for children in your home? Learn more about becoming a licensed family child care provider.

Interested in opening a child care center or preschool?

Do you want to care for the children of family members or friends? Learn more about family, friend, and neighbor caregivers


In Minnesota, child care providers must meet standards for caregiver qualifications, physical environment, behavior guidance, required policies, and records, activities, and equipment. These standards are dictated and monitored by licensing. 

Child care centers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and can be reached at (651) 431-6500. 

Family child care programs are licensed by each county. Contact your local county licensor for more information on licensing requirements and the application process.