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Family Child Care Licensing

12,000 hours: the Enormity of Child Care

"A child who spends 9 to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week, 48-50 weeks of the year in child care will by school entry have spent more hours in care than they will spend in all of elementary and high school combined." Source unknown                                              

Interested in becoming a family child care provider? Check out the Becoming a Family Child Care Provider page!

 You can also review the Guide to Becoming a Licensed Family Child Care Provider handbook created by DHS

  Licensed Providers for Family Child Care & Child Care Centers List as of 3-3-2020

PARENTS: Need a quick way to get the word out you are looking for daycare?

Join the Facebook group Child Care in Stevens County where providers of family child care and child care centers located in Stevens County can list their openings, parents can post their daycare needs, and individuals who would like to provide care for one unrelated family can post their availability. Posts about babysitting needs or availability are welcome too!


~MN Family Child Care Rules & Regulations~     

  • Rule 9502 - Minnesota Rule for licensing of Family Child Care 
  • 245A Statute - Statute of Human Service Licensing
  • 245C Statue - Statute of Human Services Background Studies
  • MN Fire Code - Minnesota Fire Code for Family Child Care                              
  • 2018 245A Statute - 245A statutes specific to Family Child Care only     

~Age Group Definitions for Family Child Care~  

  • Newborn- less than 6 weeks old
  • Infant- at least 6 weeks old but less than 12 months old
  • Toddler- at least 12 months old but less than 24 months old
  • Preschooler- at least 24 months old up to school age                      
  • School age- at least 5 years of age but is younger than 11 years of age
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