Family Child Care Program

Welcome to the world of child care.

Welcome to the world of child care.

Thank you for your interest in Family Child Care. Caring for children is a career which is both challenging and rewarding. A child care provider may be the most important influence in the lives of children, after their parents.

When you provide child care you are required to be licensed unless you meet certain exemptions. If you meet those exemptions, you do not need to become licensed. However, if you are providing care for any child and are hoping to be paid through the child care assistance program, you must first become Legally Non-Licensed in order to receive payments. This is the case even when the child is a relative. The child care providers who are exempt from licensing are those who are caring for related children, or relatives in addition to only children from one family that is not related. "Related" means a spouse, a parent, a natural or adopted child or stepchild, a stepparent, a stepbrother, a stepsister, a niece, a nephew, an adoptive parent, a grandparent, a sibling, an aunt, an uncle, or a legal guardian. Again, if you are to be paid by the county for providing care, first you must be Legally Non-Licensed. To learn more about Legally Non-Licensed child care, please contact Lakes and Prairies at 218-512-1500, or visit their website.

The purpose of child care licensing is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children. The State of Minnesota has rules for those who care for children. Family Child Care Licensing in Becker County is handled by Sourcewell, a government agency that provides Regionalized Child Care Licensing. For more information, please contact Regional Licensing Specialist Michelle Tautges at 218-895-4120 and visit the Sourcewell website, where you will find a wealth of information about Family Child Care Licensing and the steps you need to take to become a licensed provider in Becker County.