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Child Care Licensing

The agency is responsible for licensing and monitoring family child care homes.  In the State of Minnesota, a person may do unlicensed care if they provide services to relatives and one family.  This includes the caregiver’s own children.  If a person is providing child care for more than one family, they are required to be licensed. “Related" means any of the following relationships by marriage, blood, or adoption: parent, grandparent, brother, sister, stepparent, stepsister, stepbrother, uncle, aunt, child, niece, nephew. Related also includes a legally appointed guardian.

Child care providers need to follow through with the State regulations for licensure.  These rules set limits on the number and ages of children allowed in care, set safety standards, and explain caregiver qualifications and training needs.  Information about Child Care providers is available to the public. This information consists of licensure status, variances, complaints and outcomes of those complaints, and correction orders issues.


  1. Licensing Letter FCC010
  2. Guide to Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider DHS-8013-ENG
  3. Licensing Process Checklist FCC012
  4. Family Child Care License Application (DHS-8206) (
  5. Data Collection Form FCC
  6. Fact Sheet FCC001
  7. Physician's Form DHS-1995-ENG
  8. Privacy Rights AG009
  9. Email Privacy Rights FCC095
  10. Orientation Videos
  11. SWMHHS Licensors:

Gail Bielen, Supervisor, [email protected] 507-283-5070 x6075
Angie Frisk, Rock County, [email protected] 507-537-4068
2 Roundwind Road, PO Box 715, Luverne, MN 56156

Jackie Johnson, Murray, Lincoln, and Lyon Counties, [email protected] 507-532-4124
Lori Tammeus, Murray, Lincoln, and Lyon Counties, [email protected] 507-532-1273
607 West Main Street, Suite 100, Marshall, MN 56258

Judy VandenBosch, Pipestone County, [email protected] 507-825-8650
1091 North Hiawatha Avenue, Pipestone, MN 56164

Melanie Guetter, Redwood County, [email protected] 507-637-6113
266 East Bridge Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283


  1. DHS Provider page Forms, training info, grants and other helpful info
  2. Fire Marshal
  3. Rules/Statutes –
    1. Licensing of Family Child Care: Rule 2: Minnesota Rules, parts 9502.0300 to 9502.0445
    2. Human Services Licensing Act: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245A
    3. Human Services Background Studies Act: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 245C
    4. Maltreatment of Minors Act: Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 260E
  1. Licensing Lookup
  2. Tom Copeland -
  3. Child and Adult Food Program
  4. Local Phone numbers and resources 
  5. Capacity Chart - Age Ratio Distribution Guide
  6. Bleach Alternatives
  7. Did you Do form
  8. Supervision Guidelines

Below are links to forms you need to complete for requesting a variance. Please complete form DHS form 7297 and the Variance Enrollment SWHHS Attendance form. Then return both to your licensor.

Variance enrollment SWHHS Attendance

SS Policy 08 Authority to Issue Variances

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