Require a license exempt center to register with your agency. Register each license exempt program site separately. A site may operate programs that fall under different license exemptions. Register each of these programs separately. See Chapter 11.12 (Provider Registration).
License exempt centers that can be registered as CCAP providers include:
Pay license exempt centers at the same rate as licensed centers in the same age category.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has the authority to certify license exempt centers. When a license exempt center is certified, it means that the center meets the federal requirements for receiving child care assistance. The Department of Human Services will notify license exempt centers and the county agency when individual centers need to become certified. Do not require a license exempt center to be certified until the department tells you that the center must be certified to receive future child care assistance payments.
Programs licensed by another agency such as a tribal nation or another state should be registered as a licensed program. See Chapter 11.3 (Licensed Child Care Providers).
License exempt centers operated by a nonprofit organization that serve youth in kindergarten through grade 12, provide structured, supervised youth development activities, and have learning opportunities take place before or after school, on weekends, or during the summer or other seasonal breaks in the school calendar, are exempt from licensure under Minnesota Statutes 245A.03, subdivision 2 (a) (27). Programs that are exempt from licensure under this law are not eligible to receive payment for services from the Child Care Assistance Program unless they become licensed.
Programs serving infants and toddlers may need to be licensed. Contact your policy specialist if a provider submits a registration for a license exempt program that serves infants and toddlers.
Programs providing services to children and youth that are not licensed or exempt from licensing under Minnesota Statute 245A.03 are not providing child care services. Programs not providing child care services are not eligible to receive payment from the Child Care Assistance Program. These programs include private programs offering K-12 education services as defined under Minnesota Statutes 120-129C.
Minnesota Statutes 245A.03, Subd. 2
Minnesota Statutes 245G
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, Subd. 19