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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


Next orientation: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Bigelow Building (450 Syndicate, St Paul)

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, 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.
  • Late arrival: Participants arriving 15 minutes beyond the start time of the orientation session may not be allowed attendance.

new Family Child Care Licensing Orientation Rules of Attendance

Please note that participants arriving 15 minutes beyond the start time of the orientation session may not be allowed attendance. 
Cancellation Policy:  If school and after school activities are closed due to inclement weather, our training/orientation is cancelled also.
Cancellations for reasons other than the weather will be posted on the Ramsey County Family Child Care Licensing web page. 
Children are not allowed to attend the orientation session(s).  4-15-15

2015 Child Care Orientations Jan-May (Word)  | Child Care Orientations (PDF)  

Important Notice Ramsey County collects fees for mandatory background studies ($100) and the licensing process fees are $50 for one year and $100 for a two year license. 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 specific training:

  • Child Growth and Development Behavior Guidance (4 hours)
  • Supervising for Safety (6 hours)
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • First Aid
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID, formerly SIDS)
  • Abusive Head Trauma (AHT)
  • Child Passenger Restraint (car seats) if going to transport children

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