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Licensed Child Care Providers

Becoming a Child Care Provider
Family Child Care is a rewarding and demanding profession. A child care provider may be the most important influence in the lives of children, after their parents. The way providers care for children and guide their growth will be a part of shaping their future.

Norman County is responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes in Norman County.  Providers who care for more than one family must be licensed.  The county conducts orientations, background studies, home interviews, safety checks, recommends licensure, conducts investigations, and supports providers in meeting the health and safety needs of the children in the providers’ care.

The Licensing Process includes the following:

  • Background Study
  • Home Inspection by licensor
  • Three Reference Letters
  • Completed Application
  • Licensing fee
  • Orientation Training
  • Possible Inspection by State Fire Marshal
  • Understanding of MN Rule and Statutes
  • Ongoing training hours

Use the Guide to Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider provided by the Department of Human Services to learn more information about becoming a licensed family child care provider.

Once you and your home are in full compliance with child care licensing rules, the county will recommend that the Minnesota Department of Human Services issue you a license.

The licensing process will generally take between 3 to 9 months to complete.

If you are interested in applying for a family child care license or would like someone to discuss the child care licensing program with you, please call social work intake at 218-784-5437 or send an email inquiry to:

Important Links

Forms for licensing and other MN Department of Human Services Information regarding licensing can be found at the link below:

Family Child Care License Application

Licensed Family Child Care Providers are required to follow Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245A and Minnesota Rule 9502 that is also known as Rule 2. Licensed Holders are responsible for understanding and following these laws. Rules and statutes are available on-line at the following links:


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