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Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services is responsible for the licensing and monitoring of family childcare homes located within the county. This includes conducting an initial licensing study, recommendation for licensure, providing ongoing monitoring of compliance with licensing standards, provision of technical assistance to license providers, responding to parent questions and investigating complaints of licensed family childcare providers. 

Currently, there are approximately 90 licensed family childcare providers in Kandiyohi County. To find more information on Kandiyohi County’s Licensed Childcare Programs:

WHO MUST BE LICENSED TO PROVIDE CHILDCARE?  The State of Minnesota requires an individual to hold a license to provide childcare if he/she is caring for children from more than one family that is not related to them. It is a misdemeanor to provide childcare without a license! 

Under Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.03, subdivision 2, there are 2 exceptions and a license is not required if:

  • You are caring for your relatives’ children (grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc.)  plus one unrelated family;  or
  • You provide unlicensed child care for unrelated children for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12 month period.

Why Licensing Matters  Licensed Family Childcare Providers are considered professionals in their field. They are expected to take continuing education and maintain compliance with the standards set forth in Minnesota Statutes and Minnesota Administrative Rules. Childcare licensure promotes a safe and nurturing environment and  regular monitoring to ensure licensed caregivers:

  1. Provide a healthy and safe physical environment for children in care
  2. Follow practices for safe sleep of infants and children in care
  3. Follow the allowed licensed capacity and age distributions of children in care at one time
  4. Follow standards for provision of water, food and nutrition to children in care
  5. Offer age appropriate equipment and activities-both indoors and out, that provide for the child’s physical, intellectual, emotional and social development
  6. Provide positive methods to guiding behavior for children in care
  7. Meet caregiver qualifications and ongoing continuing education requirements
  8. Keep accurate records regarding their program and children served

Minnesota Administrative Rule - Licensing of Daycare Facilities (also known as Rule 2)
Minnesota Statutes 245A – Human Services Licensing Act
Minnesota Statutes 245C- Human Services Background Studies Act
Minnesota Statutes 626.556- Reporting of the Maltreatment of Minors Act
A Guide to Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider is a plain-language handbook for people interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in Minnesota.  This guide provides information about the initial licensing process  and licensed family child care program requirements.   

For more information about becoming a licensed family childcare provider in Kandiyohi County,  or if you have questions or concerns about a licensed family childcare program in Kandiyohi County, please contact the Kandiyohi County Family Childcare Licensing Worker at 320-231-7800 Ext 2466 or by email at