Minnesota Prairie County Alliance
Family Child Care (FCC) Licensing
Minnesota Prairie County Alliance - Waseca County
299 Johnson Ave SW, Ste 160, Waseca, MN, 56093-2534
Distance: 1006 Miles
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) delegates the licensing functions for family child care to the counties. Licensed providers must meet state requirements designed to promote healthy, safe and positive care for children. The setting for Family Child Care (FCC) can be a home or other place not needing licensing at the Child Care Center level that provides care for fewer than 24 hours per day. Family Child Care homes are licensed for up to 14 children.
Licensing requires that the home have a fire inspection if certain conditions exist, and caregivers and household members must have a criminal background check completed. Licensed providers are also required to attend child care related training annually. County licensing staff inspect homes at least every two years and offer ongoing support and educational services upon request.
More information about Minnesota child care licenses
Family child care is licensed under Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245A, the Human Services Licensing Act, and under DHS Rule 9502, Licensing of Family Child Care Facilities. The statutes and rules include: licensing requirements, health and safety rules and rules for record keeping and reporting. Statutes and rules are available online.
Families can check the license of a Family Child Care provider online.
In order to become licensed as a family child care provider, the applicant must meet minimum licensing standards including:
* Must reside in the county where applying
* Must be at least 18 years of age
* Must be the person who will provide the care
* Must give permission for a licensing study and criminal background check
* Must allow safety inspection of the home
* Must complete required training
To apply for a license, contact your county's social service department and ask to speak with the licensing worker.
Counties may charge licensed family child care providers a background study fee of up to $100 per year and a license fee of up to $50 for a one-year license or $100 for a two year license.
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DF-4500.2000-130Child Care Provider Licensing Definition
Programs that establish and enforce health, safety and program standards for child care facilities including child care centers and family child care homes, review applications for licenses, issue or deny licenses, inspect facilities for compliance with requirements and revoke licenses or bring disciplinary action for noncompliance.
Programs that issue written personal permits to engage in activities that are regulated by government authority or which maintain and, where appropriate, provide access to documents which authenticate the occurrence of specific transactions, proceedings or events. Also included are programs that evaluate records, licenses or permits issued by foreign authorities and produce written certification of equivalency to U.S. standards.
PH-1250Child Care Providers Definition
Programs that provide substitute parental care in a group setting for children during some portion of a 24-hour day. Services may include recreational and developmental activities and snacks and/or meals as appropriate.