Families may access a program’s licensing record by clicking on the “View Record” link in their Parent Aware profile page or by searching on DHS Licensing Information Lookup. A description for each section of the License Details page is outlined below.
Families can visit the DHS webpage for licensed child care for more information about licensing requirements and practices for child care centers and family child care programs.
Describes program information such as the program’s address, license holder’s name, the effective date of the license, and the expiration date of the license.
Describes the current status of the license.
An ‘active’ status indicates that the program is currently licensed to operate and is not currently under a licensing sanction (conditional, suspension, or revocation).
If the program has a current licensing sanction, the type of sanction is listed along with a statement of whether the program may operate. If the program is not legally authorized to operate at this time, the license status will indicate this.
Age for Group Family Child Care
For family child care, describes the allowed numbers of children by age group.
The maximum number of children allowed at the program at one time.
Describes restrictions or limitations of the program. For example, a family child care provider who has not completed certain training requirements may have a restriction listed for ‘No Infants in Care’ or ‘No Transporting of Children Under Age Nine.’ Further, this section indicates when a child care center has a temporary or conditional fire or building approval. In addition, any licensed program that is operating with a temporary provisional license while appealing a revocation will be indicated here.
Describes where the family child care program operates – which is either in a “residential dwelling,” such as the provider’s home, or in a “special family child care setting,” which includes employer-based care, church-based care, community collaborative, not-for-profit agency in a dwelling, or commercial space. The majority of family child care programs are licensed in residential dwellings.
For child care centers, this section describes the child care service provided, which may include day time child care, night time child care, drop-in child care, or sick child care; and the ages of children served.
Child care centers are licensed and monitored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Family child care programs are licensed and monitored by county and tribal licensing agencies. Therefore, if reviewing a family child care program’s licensing record, this section indicates which county licensing agency is responsible for licensing and monitoring the program. Families who want more information about the licensing history of a particular family child care program should contact the county or tribal licensing agency.
Licensing Determinations Issued
This section contains the following types of licensing determinations issued by DHS on or after July 1, 2010:
These licensing determinations may be subject to appeal. The web page does not include all documents in the license record and does not contain any nonpublic documents relating to a license.
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