Ramsey County licenses in-home child care homes, offers training, and monitors child care homes to support the health and safety of children.
Potential child care license applicants must attend an initial orientation meeting to learn if this may be the right business for you. For more information or to register, call 651-266-KIDS (5437).
You will receive application materials at the initial orientation meeting.
If you need an interpreter while attending an orientation meeting, please call 651-266-4166.
People arriving 15 minutes beyond start time of the session may not be allowed attendance.
If school and after school activities are closed due to inclement weather, our training/orientation will also be cancelled. Cancellations for reasons other than the weather will be posted on this web page.
Children are not allowed to attend orientation sessions.
License applicants are required to undergo a mandatory background study, which costs $100. Applicants must also pay processing fees of $50 for a one-year license and $100 for a two-year license. These fees must be paid before a license is issued.
People who provide childcare in Minnesota must have a license from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. It is a misdemeanor to provide childcare without a license. However, under state law there are two exceptions to this rule:
You may provide unlicensed child care for children who are related to you, and children from one single unrelated family.
You may provide unlicensed childcare for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12-month period.
Both licensed and legal unlicensed family child care providers may be “registered” to provide care to children whose parents are eligible to receive childcare subsidy. Such registration allows providers to receive payment from the Child Care Payment Department based on state and county guidelines. For more information contact the Child Care Payment Unit at 651-266-4019.
Rules and statutes
The State of Minnesota defines minimum standards a child care provider must meet to be recommended for licensure. The rules and statutes also specify guidelines for caregiver qualifications, caregiver training, license capacity, age distribution restrictions, behavior guidance, provider records, activities and equipment, safety of the physical environment, sanitation and health, and nutrition.
Each year Ramsey County holds Child Care listening sessions where child care professionals can ask questions, voice opinions and connect with county staff. The listening sessions can assist child care professionals in identifying, addressing and resolving problems.