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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. Guide to Becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider -
  2. Licensing process checklist – see attachment FCC 12
  3. Application -
  4. Fact Sheet – see attachment FCC 001
  5. Orientation videos
  6. SWMHHS Licensors

Gail Bielen, Supervisor, [email protected] 507-283-5070 x6075
Jessica Schmit, Rock County, [email protected] 507-283-5070 x3022
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 -
  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. Food program information – see attachment – Child and Adult Food Program
  4. Local resources –  see attachment – Phone numbers and resources 
  5. Capacity Chart – see attachment – Capacity chart
  6. Bleach Alternatives – see attachment – Bleach alternatives

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