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.
To register for CCAP for the first time, a license exempt center must be certified and include their certification number on their provider registration form. Agencies can confirm the program’s certification status by searching the certification number on DHS Licensing Information Lookup.
Do not require a currently registered license exempt center or center renewing their registration with a gap of less than 30 days to be certified unless the department tells you that the center must be certified to receive future child care assistance payments.
Require a certified license exempt center to register with your agency. Register each certified license exempt program separately. A site may operate programs that fall under different license exemptions and each needs to be certified. Register each of these certified programs separately. See Chapter 11.12 (Provider Registration).
License exempt centers that can be registered as CCAP providers include certified providers that provide programming under one of the following license exemptions:
Pay license exempt centers at the same rate as licensed centers in the same age category.
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).
All license exempt centers must be certified to register for CCAP. Some programs may attempt to register for CCAP that are not eligible for certification or authorization as a CCAP provider.
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. These programs cannot be certified.
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 245H
Minnesota Statutes 119B.011, Subd. 19