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Becoming a licensed child care provider

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting child day care programs in their communities. 

As a general rule, any child day care provider planning to care for more than one unrelated family on a regular basisi must be licensed. 

To obtain a license, the applicant must show that the child day care program meets requirements that the state has established to help promote the health and safety of children in care.

Licensing New Providers:  If you are interested in learning how to become a licensed child care provider in Kandiyohi County, you must  attend one of the following three-hour orientation meetings to begin the licensing process. This orientaion will walk you through the information you need to know to determine if you are interested and able to start a child care program in Minnesota. Necessary requirements for opening a child care program will be outlined, highlighting the child care regulations, space requirements, information about proper ratios and staffing and resources for support. This orientational meeting will also introduce you to the important rules and regulations you need to know in order to run your business. And you’ll find out some information about how to best care for children in your program.  

2014 Orientation Meeting Schedule
Location: Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, (Conference Room 2075) 2200 23rd Street NE, Willmar MN 56201. 

Date     Time
Wednesday, January 22   1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12   1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14   1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16   1-4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17   1-4 p.m.
Wednedsay, November 12   1-4 p.m.

First-time relicensing: 
A provider’s first license is a one-year license. When you have been licensed for nine months, you will receive a packet of forms in the mail to start the relicensing process. 

Contact Us

Kandiyohi County
Health and Human Services 

2200 23 Str. NE, Ste. 1020
Willmar, MN 56201

Phone: (320) 231-7800
Toll Free: (877) 464-7800
For people unable to hear:  (320) 231-7076  V/TDD 


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