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It is the responsibility of Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services to license any home where care is being provided for more than one unrelated family.  The licensing process includes orientation, background studies and in-home visits to check safety requirements have been met before making a recommendation for licensure.

Family Child Care:  The Family Child Care Licensure program governs licensure of providers of child care in a setting other than a child care center, usually the provider’s residence, for fewer than 24 hours per day.  Family child care is licensed under the Minnesota Department of Human Services Rule 2 (Licensing of Family Child Care Facilities). The rule addresses, among other requirements: licensing of homes for family child care and group family child care, licensing process, negative licensing actions, agency records, caregiver qualifications, licensed capacity, child/adult ratios, age distribution requirements, age distribution restrictions, reporting agency, day care training, behavior guidance, admissions, provider records, reporting, activities and equipment, physical environment, sanitation and health, water, food and nutrition. Rule 2Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0300 to 9502.0445 – Licensure of Family Child Care Facilities - Family and Group Family Child Care.

Child care centers:  Center based child care licensure has set standards for the licensing of child care centers including programs that provide child care, preschool/nursery programs, Head Start programs, night care, drop-in and sick care for fewer than 24 hours a day in a setting that is not a residence. For complete requirements, see Minnesota Rules, parts 9503.0005 to 9503.0170 (DHS Rule 3) and Minnesota Statutes, Chapters 245A and 245C.

Licensing New Providers:  If you are interested in learning how to become a licensed child care provider in Kandiyohi County, you must  attend one of the following three-hour orientation meetings to begin the licensing process.  This orientation meeting will also introduce you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program.  Call 320-231-7800 for more information about orientation. 

Relicensing and First-time relicensing:  A provider’s first license is a one-year license. When you have been licensed for nine months, you will receive a packet of forms in the mail to start the relicensing process.