Becoming a Family Child Care Provider

The Licensing Process (click for more information) describes the steps to become a licensed family child care provider. Below is additional information about family child care and the necessary forms to begin the process. Please read through the You’re Considering Becoming a Professional Daycare Provider. To apply, the application for license and background study forms need to be filled out by you and any adults living in the potential family child care home and turned into Stevens County Human Services. Once the application and background study forms are turned in, the background study process has been completed and all three reference requests have been returned, the county licensor will contact you to set up a meeting to go over the rest of the application process.

The county licensor will meet with you up to three times during the process of licensing. Once for an orientation, then one or more times to go over the licensing process, forms, as well as a home safety inspection.

There is a $50 fee for a Fire Marshal Inspection to be paid to the City of Morris and a $50 initial licensing fee to be paid to Stevens County Human Services. If you do not own the property you are planning to use for family child care (ex.- apartment) the Fire Marshal requires a signed owner permission form prior to inspection. Please inform the county licensor that you have a landlord so the proper paperwork can be completed.

There is now child care provider support offered by Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership that can help you with navigating the licensing process, accessing business and training resources, and setting up your child care environment. For more information, view our pamphlet (PDF).

Training Requirements for Becoming a Family Child Care Provider

The training you are required to complete to become licensed can only be provided by approved trainers. Go to the Training Requirements tab for training resources for the following classes. To become a licensed family child care provider the following pre-service training requirements must be met:

  • 4-hours of  Child Development and Learning or Behavior Guidance training - Providers now may choose to take either a child development & learning course (KCF Content Area I) or a behavior guidance course (KCF Content Area IIC) to meet this requirement
  • A 6-hour Supervising for Safety class- taking multiple 2 hour long classes will not meet this requirement
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) & Abusive Head Trauma- you can either attend an in-person class or complete the online training course to meet this requirement
  • CPR & First Aid- you must have a certificate or card verifying completion in both CPR and First Aid including techniques for infants and children and the treatment of obstructed airways
  • Child Passenger Restraint (required only if you are planning to transport children)

Additional Information & Forms to Apply for Licensure