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Searching for Child Care

In your search, you may choose one of the following services to receive a list of child care providers and find out more about your child care choices.  Both options are provided free of charge to all families searching for child care.

  1. Contact us toll free at 1-888-291-9811 Monday through Thursday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You will speak to a Parent Referral Specialist, who will provide information and a list of child care options based on your individual needs.
  2. Visit our Online Search for Child Care site which is available 24/7. You will receive a list of child care options based on the information you provide.

A referral is NOT a recommendation. It is important to note Child Care Aware of Southern Minnesota only makes referrals, not recommendations. We refer parents to licensed programs; however, some preschools and school age programs are exempt from licensing. We rely on the child care providers to provide us with up to date information. As such, we do not guarantee the accuracy of the provider information in our files. We do not license, endorse, or recommend any particular provider, nor do we make any judgment about the quality of care given by any provider. Consequently, we urge you, as the parent, to interview a provider and check the provider's references carefully before leaving a child in that provider’s care.

All information received from a parent or guardian for a child care search is confidential. Parent names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or other information regarding their children will not be shared without written consent.

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