Do I Need To Be Licensed?
Minnesota Statutes, Section 245A.03, subdivision 1 requires that an individual, corporation, partnership, voluntary association, or other organization must not operate a nonresidential program (i.e., family child care home) unless licensed by the Commissioner of Human Services.
There are certain exclusions to the licensure requirement. Under Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.03, subdivision 2, the following child care situations are excluded from licensure:
A. child care provided to children from a single, unrelated family, for any length of time;
B. child care provided for a cumulative total of less than 30 days in any 12-month period;
C. child care provided by a relative to only related children (Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.02, subdivision 13 defines an "individual who is related" as a spouse, a parent, a natural or adopted child or stepchild, a stepparent, a stepbrother, a stepsister, a niece, a nephew, an adoptive parent, a grandparent, a sibling, an aunt, an uncle, or a legal guardian.)
Unless you meet this exclusion, you must be licensed, in the state of Minnesota. The standards you must meet to become licensed are in Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0300 to 9502.0445.