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According to state law, anyone caring for children from more than one unrelated family must be licensed. Providing child care illegally is a misdemeanor.
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Fee information can be found in Minnesota Statute 245A.10. Licensing fees may not exceed $200 initially and at re-licensure. There are additional costs that may be associated with obtaining a family child care license. Examples of these costs may include but are not limited to:
Family child care providers are a private business owner. The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides information on their website regarding rules and regulations. Isanti County Family Services staff are available to assist applicants and providers with questions when needed.
Once licensed, family child care providers can expect unannounced visits from Isanti County as part of their license requirements. Licensing staff does not expect activities with children to stop because of the visit as they recognize caring for children is the provider's primary responsibility. The purpose of the visit is to monitor the success of the licensed family child care program.
There are many factors that affect the licensing process timelines. Plan on approximately 3 months before licensure is completed
Most providers start out with the ability to care for a total of 10 children at a time. Of those 10 children, there can be a maximum of six children under school age. Of those six children, there can be a combination of three infants and toddlers with no more than two infants at one time.