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Applicants for Child Care Licenses

Applicants l Licensed Providers l Parents l Child Care Home

Licensing Process for Ramsey County Applicants


Getting Started - November Orientations

Wed. Nov 12th from 9:30-11:30 am at Ramsey County Government Center

Potential applicants must attend an initial orientation meeting to learn whether this might be the right business for you.

  • Applicants will receive application materials at the initial orientation meeting.
  • For more information, please call 651-266-KIDS (5437) or attend an upcoming orientation meeting.
  • If you need an interpreter while attending an orientation meeting please call 651-266-4166.
  • No children are allowed at the orientation meetings – this is your opportunity to focus on learning about becoming a licensed family child care provider.

2014 Orientation Schedule (Word)  | Child care Orientations (pdf)  

Important Notice Ramsey County collects fees for mandatory background studies (up to $100) and the licensing process ($100 - $200). The Accounting Department sends an invoice to applicants. It must be paid before the license is issued. Learn more about license fees

Training for Applicants

Prior to caring for children, any caregiver must have:

  • At least 1 hour of training in the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) prior to caring for infants
  • At least 1 hour of training in Shaken Baby Syndrome prior to caring for children under school age
  • Infant / Child CPR & Child-related First Aid

Please note: the licensing worker will not recommend a license until these trainings have been completed.

Resources for finding the required classes are listed below:

Think Small (formerly Resources for Child Caring)

CPR Twin Cities (the authorized provider of Red Cross CPR and first aid training)


Background studies are required for all persons performing licensed child care Background Studies (pdf)

Ramsey county residents considering doing child care can learn why getting licensed is helpful, how to get one, space requirements and more. FAQs

Minnesota Dept of Human Services General Child Care Licensing Information


Child Care Home