Social Services - Children's Services

Child Care Licensing

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Become a Family Child Care Provider

Beltrami County is responsible for licensing family child care homes in the county. Providers who care for children from more than one family must be licensed. The county conducts orientations, background studies, home interviews, safety checks, recommends licensure, conducts investigations, and supports providers in meeting the health and safety needs of the children in the providers’ care.

 To be licensed by Beltrami County the following must be completed:

  • Attend Orientation Meeting
Application Paperwork
Background Check
Training Requirements
Home Visit by a Licensor
Fire Inspection

Information Packets can be obtained by contacting the following County staff:

  Michelle Voorhees
Amber Fuller

New applicants must complete the following pre-service training requirements prior to licensure:


Child Growth & Development/Behavior Guidance
(4 hours)

* Supervising for Safety (6 hours)
  Pediatric CPR - must include hands on skills
  First Aide
* SUID - Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
* AHT - Abusive Head Trama

Child Passenger Restraint
(if transporting children under age 9)

*Department of Human Services approved trainings only. Trainings can be completed in person or online and can be accessed on the Develop website.

DEVELOP - Search and register for Minnesota Center for Professional Development approved training.

EAGER-TO-LEARN - Search and register for online trainings approved by the MN Center for Professional Development.

Minnesota Department of Human Services - Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma SUID videos.

American Heart Association - CPR and first aid training.

Rules & Regulations

The State of Minnesota regulates the licensed family child care. Current laws are listed here:

Child Care Rule (Minnesota Statute 9502)

Licensing Act (Minnesota Statue 245A.04)

Implementation Plan for 2017 Legislative Changes

Implementation Plan for 2018 Legislative Changes

Implementation Plan for 2019 Legislative Changes

Food Program

Food costs can be reimbursed to providers that serve healthy meals and snacks. Contact these organizations for more details.

Adults' & Children's Alliance


Providers Choice

Other Resources

Child Care Aware of Minnesota supports the professional growth of child care providers by offering trainings, guidance and grants (including start up grants).

Develop connects providers to trainings and tracks their training progress.

First Children's Finance provides loans and business development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low and moderate income families.

Center for Inclusive Child Care provides free relationship-based professional development (RBPD) including support, training, modeling and resources to child care programs throughout Minnesota.

Tom Copeland's Blog has tax and legal acrticles specific to Licensed Child Care Providers.

The book First Considerations in Starting a Family Child Care Business is available at no charge by contacting:

Minnesota Dept of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St., Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
651-556-8425 or 800-310-8323

Northwest Minnesota Foundation provides funding for organizations working to improve child care quality or child care availability. NMF has developed three potential funding areas that applicants can use to determine if they are eligible for funding: Child Care Availability & Quality, Early Childhood Education, and High School Child Care Careers (Workforce Development).


Initial Application:  $50
Renewal Application:  $100
Background Study for ages 13-17:  $20
Background Study for ages 18+:   $40 plus $9.10 for fingerprinting
Fire Marshal Inspection (if applicable):  $50
Annual Well Water Test (if applicable):  $40
Additional fees may implemented for Special Use Permits based on municipality


MN Department of Human Services Licensed Family Child Care

Licensed Child Care Variance Process