How to Become Licensed

You've decided to open a child care business in your home, so what do you do next? In Mille Lacs County, the next step is to get licensed. In order to become licensed, you must do the following:

1. Complete Orientation

Contact the licensing social worker, who will email you the electronic orientation presentation. You must thoroughly read the document and complete the rule review quiz. Upon completion of both, contact the licensing social worker to get the initial licensing paperwork.

2. Obtain Training

Please note you are required to get a total of 16 pre-service hours in the areas listed before you can become a licensed provider. Detailed Child Care Pre-Service Training instructions include the following requirements:

  • Basic First Aid Training
  • Child and Restraint Systems Training
  • Infant/Child/Adult CPR Training
  • Sudden Unexpected Infant Death
  •  Abusive Head Trauma Training
  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavioral Guidance
  • Supervising for Safety (6 hour course)

Please note you are required to get a total of 16 pre-service hours in the areas listed above before you can become a licensed provider.

3. Complete & Return Application Materials

These will be provided and explained in detail after you complete the orientation presentation. These include:

  • Application
  • Background Check Consent
  • Fact Sheet
  • Privacy Rights Notice
  • Initial Licensing Evaluation
  • Licensing inspection fee of $50 made payable to Mille Lacs County Community and Veterans Services (this can be a personal check)
  • Additional forms will be provided to you upon completion of the above listed forms

4. Home Environment Preparation

In some instances, you will need to make some adjustments to your home, but for the most part, you will only need to check and update safety measures and purchase equipment. 

Safety Measures

The following are safety measures to have updated:

  • Have a fire extinguisher in cooking areas
  • Have a first aid kit
  • Keep knives and sharp objects as well as poisons and medications in inaccessible areas
  • Put smoke detectors on all levels of your home
  • Unload and store firearms and ammunition in a separately locked, inaccessible area

Equipment

You will also need to provide appropriate equipment for children in your care, such as toys, places to nap, outdoor equipment, etc. Toys and equipment may be new, used, commercial, or homemade as long as they are appropriate for the ages of the children and activities for which they will be used. Equipment must also be safe, in good repair, and lead-free. A safety/sanitation checklist will be provided at orientation.

5. Have a Physical Exam

An adult caregiver shall be physically able to care for children. The applicant shall supply documentation to the agency with the license application that the applicant has had a physical examination from a licensed physician within 12 months prior to initial licensure and is physically able to care for children. The applicant shall supply documentation to the agency with the license application that all adult caregivers who are assisting with care on a regular basis (more than 30 days) have had a physical examination from a licensed physician within 12 months prior to employment. Forms to document this will be supplied at orientation.

6. Maintain Pets

All household pets housed within the residence shall be maintained in good health and limited to:

  • Birds Who Are Clear of Chlamydia Psittaci
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Fish
  • Gerbils
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Mice
  • Rabbits
  • Rats

7. Fire Marshal Code Inspection

In some cases, a Fire Marshal will need to inspect your home prior to the licensor coming out. Please note that there is a $50 fee for this inspection. Minnesota State Fire Marshal

8. Request a Licensing Home Visit

Once the necessary paperwork has been submitted to Mille Lacs County, you have received your background check clearance letter, and you feel your house will meet day care requirements, then you must call the licensor to schedule a home visit. The licensor will inspect your house, review your application for licensing, and discuss any relevant issues or concerns.