What’s new for: Licensing information

2017 legislation includes changes to comply with Child Care Development Block Grant

The 2017 Legislature made a number of statutory changes for programs licensed by DHS. These are only summaries of the changes enacted and may not reflect all changes to laws that impact licensed programs. For full requirements, please refer to the applicable law in Minnesota statute. Legislation includes changes to background study requirements for all child care providers to comply with the reauthorized federal Child Care Development Block Grant. Additional information is in frequently asked questions about child care background studies.

Important information about measles outbreak in Minnesota

A number of measles cases have been confirmed by the Minnesota Department of Health. More information about child care programs, the measles outbreak and immunization requirements is on the Licensed child care webpage.

Background documents analyze child care access, monitoring, oversight

The licensed child care issue brief, Understanding Licensed Child Care in Minnesota (PDF), provides licensing data along with an analysis of issues facing licensed child care in Minnesota. These issues include monitoring and oversight activities as well as the availability of licensed care in the state in 2016. The fact sheets address commonly asked questions and provide insight on trends in licensed care. These resources are intended to inform families, licensed providers, policy makers and other key stakeholders about licensed child care in Minnesota.

Emergency planning documents now available for child care providers

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with child care providers, parents and guardians, emergency managers, counties, and child advocacy organizations, developed two emergency planning resources to assist families, child care providers, counties, and state agencies prepare for and respond to emergencies in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of children.

Keeping Kids Safe DHS-7414 (PDF) is a tool to help child care programs prepare for disasters and emergencies, such as fire, floods, severe weather, and violent incidents. This resource includes best practices for emergency preparedness and a template to help providers voluntarily create their own “emergency preparedness plan.”

Minnesota’s Statewide Child Care Emergency Plan (PDF) outlines Minnesota’s statewide child care emergency plan and addresses the roles and responsibilities for coordination, communication, and support in the event of a disaster or emergency. The goal of this document is to be a tool for all parties involved with the care of children and the management of emergencies.

New Q and A feature added to website for family child care providers

A new page on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website provides family child care providers the opportunity to ask the department questions about licensed family child care. Family child care providers will submit their questions using the website page and DHS will consult with the provider’s licensor about the question before responding to the provider.

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